AIA Moves to the Future with Designing for Public Health

AIA Leadership

Robert A. Ivy, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, is currently the CEO and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He presides over 250 chapters and in excess of 90,000 architect members and design professionals.

The members of the AIA are advocates for designs that benefit the environment and public health. Ivy has been the Executive V.P. and CEO since 2011 and has been working with leadership and members to create positive social change in the discipline. He has provided guidance within the AIA to serve architect clients and neighborhoods in the new millennium. His belief that architectural design can be created to help improve public health has been embraced by many in the AIA.

Public Health and Architecture

AIA, under Robert Ivy’s leadership, is working to ensure that future architectural design is not detrimental to public health. His belief is that, in creating sustainability in design, the overall health of the citizens will be improved. He integrates both the health of people and that of the environment into his forward-thinking approach to architecture designs.

Ivy is providing grants to organizations who conduct research on the improvement of environmental architecture that helps to improve human health. AIA has given grants to Texas A&M, University of Arkansas, and University of New Mexico. Each of these universities has produced a view of the future of their communities that improves the impact that construction will have on the health of the population.

Hopes for the Future of Architecture

Robert Ivy and the rest of the board of AIA, as well as their members, are looking to the future by encouraging sustainability in design. There is little statistical proof that supports Ivy’s belief that design will improve public health but it is a belief that Ivy and AIA use to further research projects in the discipline.

Today’s architecture includes improvements in providing natural sunlight for employees, fresh and clean water, and improved flow of interiors to improve aesthetics and mental health. Ivy and other architects have already seen how improvements in design can improve employee morale and health. Now they wish to quantify their beliefs into statistical data that can be used across the world of architecture.

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