Mr. Robert was born in Columbus Mississippi. He later acquired bachelor’s degree in from Sewanee University. He then graduated from the University of Tulane with a master’s degree in architecture. Robert has served as the vice president, and has also been in charge of over-seeing activities at the McGraw hill construction and being the editor in charge on the architectural record from the year 1996 to 2010, Robert is currently the executive vice president / chief executive officer of the American Institute of architects. He was named the CEO of AIA in the year 2011.
What Robert had to say on the interview on ZDNet
Robert Ivy explained how they are working with public health to promote health, like in the draining of swamps in the Washington DC, to eradicating sub-standard houses and reducing the rates of common life style diseases such as heart attacks by building staircases in buildings to encourage a healthy life style as well as improve one’s activeness. They also ensure that buildings have access to enough sunlight, clean water, and fresh air, which are essential for good health.
Robert’s view about committing the profession to public health
Being the public health ambassador of architecture, Robert Ivy discusses how good designs play a significant role in addressing today’s complex health challenges. For example, using of stairs instead of elevators offers good health to the occupant of the building and the environment around it. Ones’ wellbeing is increased when the body is moving regularly. This activity will aid in reducing diseases such as diabetes, obesity and other disorders.
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Robert Ivy stated that architects are hence working hand in hand with public health officers to deal with the issues arising, and have even come up with several strategies to put this measure in place. For instance; the Seattle children’s hospital “building hope” expansion, which plays a huge role in ensuring the children and the visitors feel comfortable and relaxed.
Robert’s hopes and vision for the future of architecture
Robert ivy aims at making architecture a “creative consultant” to a wide range of industries and be able to solve various problems. Robert also hopes that architecture will have the ability to provide more infrastructure, get within areas realm and even help accomplish goals related to mitigation and adapting to climatic changes. Robert advocates for medical schools to offer architecture as a part of their unit, because, more accomplishments will be achieved with both combined. Robert’s presence on social media reveals his soft-spoken nature and wisdom.
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