In his interview with ZDNet, Robert Ivy, the CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) explained the impact of architecture on public health. He posited that architects have designed buildings that require one to use the stairs, thus promoting exercise. Exercise keeps non-communal diseases like diabetes and heart disease at bay. While designing buildings, they also consider the property’s accessibility to fresh air, clean water and sunlight and promoting good health. In addition, Robert mentioned AIA’s plan to modernize architecture by supporting the development of mobile applications or other software projects in the community through competitions. Mr. Ivy contended that the competition would pave way for meaningful collaborations between architects, designers and engineers.

Robert Ivy is the executive vice president of the American Institute of Architecture. AIA is a professional network of over 90,000 architects. It has more than 250 chapters. The organization seeks to enhance the building environment through government advocacy, education, public outreach and community redevelopment. AIA collaborates with designers and other professionals in the real estate industry. The company has registered a massive transformation since 2011 when Robert assumed his leadership position. He has guided AIA to become a proactive, influential and responsive organization in the 21st century architectural industry. The committed architect is credited for streamlining AIA’s governance in terms of promoting decision-making, initiating the award-winning awareness campaign, and developing a new digital-first technology infrastructure. The visionary leader is focusing on evolving architecture to create more humanitarian and economic impact in the society. To this end, he is allocating resources in the preparation of architects to be in a better position to address sustainability, climate change, and the influence of design on public health.

Before joining AIA, Robert Ivy worked for McGraw-Hill Construction as the vice president and editorial director. Previously, he was the Editor-in-Chief for Architectural Record magazine. His service to both companies yielded tremendous success. Architectural Record received numerous industry honors, including the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence. His outstanding leadership helped the company to earn the premier magazine journalism award. Robert’s effective communication skills in promoting the value of design resulted in his recognition by Alpha Rho Chi, a national architecture organization. He belongs to the prominent team of 21st century iconic architects who have received the designation of Master Architect. The celebrated architect speaks frequently about the subject to help the public understand the meaning of architecture in their daily lives. He has authored an authoritative biography, “Fay Jones: Architect.”


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