Robert Ivy knows that many Americans may not look to architecture as something that could improve their well-being, but it is, most definitely, a fact that the materials that a building is made out of and the way it is designed do have an impact of people’s well-being. Some doctors have even commented on the fact that architectural design and building may have more to do with the health of people than they do, at the end of the day. While the west may be coming around to these concepts, the east, including China, has been well aware of this for some time and its fen shui practice is exclusively focused on it. The truth is that our health, attitude and demeanor, and sometimes the course of our lives can be influenced by subtle features of design that we aren’t even aware of all of the time.
Robert Ivy has pointed out that architectural design is paving the road, sometimes literally, to helping people to live a healthier life. By designing and creating walking communities, the profession is making it easier for people to get exercise, which not only leads to weight loss but also a better economic standing due to the rising costs of healthcare. Architects can also choose to include materials in their design and building that are not harmful to people’s health or, at least, they can encourage their clients to take a more ecological-friendly path by including to incorporate people-friendly and earth-friendly building materials. Ivy has expressed his belief that it is a logical conclusion since we are all products of our environment that we should be using the kinds of building materials and design that will help to improve the health of the people who live and work there.
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Robert Ivy received his Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in English while attending Sewanee: The University of the South, and he earned his Masters of Architecture while studying at Tulane University. He joined up with the Architectural Record in 1996 as its Editor in Chief and became the Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media later on down the road. Today, he serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and serves the organization by reaching out to the public and advocating for architects all over the United States. As its leader in a new digital world, he is working to put together the organizations technological infrastructure in order to better serve the public.
Robert Ivy was given the Crain Award by the American Business Media in 2009, which is an award that honors people who have accomplished a lot in their lifetime. He also earned the McGraw-Hill Award for his excellent leadership in 1998.
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