Robert Ivy is a Masters Degree holder in Architecture. He holds the post of a Chief Executive Officer in the American Institute of Architects. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from The University of the South, Sewanee.
Before his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects, he held leadership positions in various companies including McGraw-Hill Construction Media. His exemplary leadership skills led to winning of different awards by the companies under his leadership; this includes the Jesse H. Neal award worn by Architectural Record. Ivy received his education at Sewanee: The University of the South in which he achieved a Bachelor degree in English. Afterward, he went to Tulane University where he earned his Master of Architecture degree. Initially, Ivy didn’t follow the path of becoming an architect. He actually served in the US Navy.
Under the leadership of Robert Ivy, the American Institute of Architects made public their focus towards development of designs and technologies aimed at addressing challenges facing public health. The idea of putting human life at the center of all design is the kind of commitment that many members of the American Institute of Architects have been looking forward to having. The Institute looks forward to demonstrating the relationship between building designs and the health of the people who work and live in them. The CEO said that the effort, which he termed as “Decade of Design” would involve the provision of funds as well as in-kind contributions from the Institution. He added that the program would be conducted through three initiatives which are;- community planning collaborations, university research and “Show Us Your APPtitude Hackathon,” made to facilitate creative apps and technologies as springboards.
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According to Robert Ivy, as much as people believe there is a relationship between design and public health, there is still need for proof. For this reason, The American Institute of Architects has opted to build up data that will be of help in quantifying and demonstration through intense case studies. He adds that the concept of design takes into consideration the control of ailments such as diabetes and heart disease. This has led to a key interest in the circulation of air and access to sunlight when designing buildings.
According to Robert Ivy, sustainability is the future of architecture. Architects no longer design buildings that are economic; designs of structures that are resistant to adverse climatic conditions such as floods are also being made. He also believes that through creative designs, there will be a rise of buildings which will be resistant to the destruction caused by earthquakes. All this will be with the aim of saving human lives.
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