American Institute of Architects and their Plans for Public Welfare

Robert Ivy is the CEO and Vice President of AIA- American Institute of Architects, a professional organization of architects. While his central concerns are of design, building, and construction industries, Ivy is also interested in pushing the envelope in the field of architecture.

He believes that architecture can have a significant impact in various areas like disaster relief situations and health concerns. The AIA has been receiving attention in the past months outside of their professional work. The group releases an Architecture Billings Index every month which surveys the performance of the building industry in the U.S and helps architects stay in touch with all the recent trends. Some commentators have recently observed that this survey is also an accurate economic indicator of the country.

At the annual meeting of Clinton Global Initiative held in the month of September where various business, political and cultural leaders assemble from around the world, AIA announced their ten-year commitment towards developing solutions and programs that will focus on sustainability, public health, and disaster management. AIA will also be supporting research in universities with grants and community planning. They also plan to organize a hackathon to create software and apps for phones.

Robert Ivy wants to change the perspective that buildings are just objects. He believes that buildings can be social agents or engines of change that could help improve public health and other social problems. The younger architects who are more socially engaged and health-focused, want to create buildings in such a way that they will positively affect public health and promote a healthy lifestyle. Architects can also play a fundamental role in battling diseases like diabetes by constructing buildings in such a way that make it necessary to climb stairs or having long walkways inside the building that make people walk a good part of the day. Basic design principles drive architects to consider access to fresh air and sunlight in buildings as it is. Read this article at Architectural Record about Robert Ivy

With plans for organizing a hackathon in the near future, AIA is thinking of involving the tech community in their search of solutions for public welfare issues. They aim to engage engineers, designers, and architects to find low-cost measures and ideas. Apps that count calories could be incorporated into the planning of buildings to find out how much calories are consumed inside a building. They could also attract the general public’s interest in architecture.

Robert Ivy was made CEO and Vice President of the American Institute of Architects in 2010. Previously, he had been Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record, which under his direction became of the most important architectural journals in the world. He received American Business Media’s highest recommendation, the Crane Award, for his contributions to the press in 2009. Learn more:https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-ivy-143b741