Posted by omeditors | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 19-03-2018

     Robert Ivy, the CEO and Vice President of the American Institute of Architects since 2011, is a passionate architect and has been vocal on matters affecting the industry in both social and environmental areas. His appointment as the CEO has helped in shaping and publicizing the role and meaning of architect and design in our day to day lives. He has contributed tremendously in expanding architectural skills beyond traditional building designs to supplemental services thus architects have become creative consultants in a number of industries.

Robert Ivy believes in embracing sustainability and embedding this in architectural designs. With the growing world’s population, there has emerged environmental issues and architectural designs should be sustainable to face and address these environmental challenges. Ivy also believes sustainable designs can help reduce losses of life caused by climatic change factors such as earthquakes and disastrous weather changes by designing safe buildings. He challenges designers to help accomplish goals which are related to mitigating and adapting to climate change by using their unique knowledge and ability to control or manipulate the physical world.

Robert Ivy has strengthened the voice and influence of the AIA on issues shaping the architectural profession. He is noted as a visionary of the future as he and other architects are not only tasked with innovating the aesthetics of a building but look for creative ways to solve existing issues and problems. With the increasing rural to urban migration, he highly insists on designing of effective residential and business areas. In a recent interview he said that people should be aware of the direction that the infrastructure in the city is taking now and in the future. He also pointed out that urbanism will lead to low carbon societies but again people should be concerned on the quality of life in future and architects should focus on providing infrastructure for these growing cities.

He has also asked architects to focus on designing for health stating that there are a number of needs that have to be addressed in ensuring quality public health. According to him the US government has commissioned a major research project on the quantified benefits of more healthy designs as built environments enhance the human well-being.


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