AIA (American Institute of Architects), an organization based in Washington D.C., supports the architecture profession through education and public outreach to ensures its favorable public image. The group works in joint efforts with various members of the construction and design community in efforts to bring its mission to realization. Currently, the organization’s leader is Robert Ivy, who posts as the Chief Executive Officer.
Robert Ivy, currently the CEO of the organization, received numerous awards. Among them is the Crain Award (2009), and the McGraw-Hill Award in the area of Management Excellence (1998). He recently spoke about the relationship between the public health and design, pointing out different ways in which buildings can affect the overall well-being of a community. View Robert Ivy’s profile at LinkedIn
Ivy was named “Master Architect” by the national architecture fraternity in 2010. The award came for his efforts in speaking about the value of design. He is the only expert to have received this honor in the 21st century, with only six predecessors who have won it in the history of the fraternity.
Ivy sees design as a significant part of the public health, addressing the Washington D.C swamp draining and the New York Central Park Olmsted design. The idea behind the latter was to return to normal a part of the city affected by substandard housing. In this context, architecture plays a vital role in public health. He feels like architecture focuses on different themes and designs throughout the decades, creating a uniformed style that marks different decades. He points out that buildings affect public health more than it’s currently recognized.
Robert Ivy explains that architecture may affect the rate of non-communicable diseases in a community. Diseases such as diabetes and heart disease could reduce in rates if the buildings offer more walking up the stairs, access to clean water, and enough fresh air and sunlight. Construction materials, however, affect public health most directly. The adequate selection of building materials can have a positive impact on mass health and improve the quality of life.
Improving welfare and promoting health and safety is a mantra among designers, according to Robert Ivy. He notices a difference in a way these terms are understood by young designers. Well-being, according to Robert Ivy, has a deeper meaning. It includes psychological and spiritual aspects of a being. He finds it necessary for architects to communicate with experts in other areas to complete this mission, noting that isolation has a negative impact on creativity.
Ivy thinks that more proof is necessary that buildings are genuinely making an impact on the future humanitarian and economic progress. He feels that more critical effort needs to be put in overtime to see further results. Read:https://dirt.asla.org/2011/06/22/robert-ivy-on-the-future-of-architecture/