Architect Robert Ivy Believes That Architects Can Help Promote Public Health

These days it can often seem as though the concept of design is seeping its way into every part of life. There was once a time when the word design seemed to only be relevant to people who worked in fields such as fashion, product development or architecture where they had to be familiar with the principle of thoughtfully and strategically creating clothing or bridges that would be able to serve their intended purposes.
Design is an abstract principle that enables people in the fashion industry to construct and tailor clothing that achieves a desired look. Individuals who work in the field of architecture must depend on design principles to enable them to create sound blueprints and plans that can be used effectively as a framework for building structures that will have structural integrity and that will suit the needs of the people for whom the building is intended. The principle of design has seemingly infiltrated the lexicon of the popular imagination and yielded such concepts as lifestyle design a concept that borrows from the intentionality that designers display towards utility and outcomes and integrates these things into helping people create lives that are healthier, more balanced and much more aligned with their aspirations and dreams.
Robert Ivy, the Chief Executive Officer of a professional association that is known as the American Institute of Architects has suggested that there are connections between the concept of design and another industry that might appear to be unrelated to design at first glance. Several years ago Robert Ivy wrote about the connection between health outcomes for members of the general public and architecture. He pointed out that a high ranking health official in the United States government had pointed out that architects had a very important role to play in health and even suggested that architects were actually public health workers themselves. It might seem odd that a government official who has been charged with the task of promoting public health and who likely comes from the world of medicine would suggest that there is a commonality between architects and public health workers. But Robert Ivy explained that the connection between architecture is far less disparate than most people have likely been led to believe that it is.

According to Robert Ivy, a professional and trained architect who is responsible for guiding the leading professional association for architects in the United States, architects and urban planners are able to impact adverse health conditions that many people experience in the United States such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease based on the way that they decide to layout a city or design a building. In addition to serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy also serves as the organizations Executive Vice President.

Robert Ivy, who received his Bachelor’s Degree in English from Sewanee: The University of the South and his Master’s Degree in Architecture from Tulane University. Robert has been a senior editor with Architectural Records where he left a legacy of overseeing over 33 publications in both print and digital media. He has won the G.D. Crain Award for his lifetime contributions in the industry. In 2003, he also took the position of Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media.

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