Robert Ivy is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Institute of Architects. The American Institute of Architects is a professional organization for architects in the United States. Ivy was named the CEO of the organization in 2011.
Robert Ivy was born and grew up in Columbus, Mississippi. When it came time for college, Ivy attended Sewanee University to get his bachelor’s degree. Shortly after, Ivey went on to get his master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University.
Robert Ivy has written multiple articles for the Huffington Post. The most recent article, “Architects of Health”, discusses how architecture and the way of designing buildings can help to make the people who use those buildings more healthy. To begin the article, Ivy gives obesity statistics for the United States to help the reader understand the problem at hand. CEO Robert Ivy suggested turning unused spaces into parks, which will promote more outdoor activity for the public. Ivy also goes into the fact that universities are even providing architecture classes with specific focus on health.
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Robert Ivy was interviewed in 2012 by ZDNet.com. In this interview, Ivy speaks again on the relationship between architecture and public health. Ivy noted that he has hope for the future of the nation’s health simply because young architects are very health-focused. One key thing that Ivy says will help diseases like diabetes and heart disease are the way we design buildings. Ivy insists that if buildings promote exercise, the number of those affected by diseases will decrease. The more exercise promoting buildings, the less the amount of diseased people.
Robert Ivy has an abundant hope for the future of architecture. Although, he does believe things must change. Ivy believes more studies should be made in architecture on things other than the efficiency of the building lighting. He would like to study how different types of buildings impact how productive people are. This way, society can increase productivity as a whole.
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