How architecture is Moving into New Areas

In just one conversation with Robert Ivy you’ll be able to tell his love for architecture. He is the CEO and executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He believes architecture is taking for granted and has become a bit stagnant. He believes the solution for both issues is architects embracing the cross-pollination of ideas with software programmers.

In his opinion, architecture can be useful in various areas besides the design profession. He says many architects are focusing on improving health. Recently, the AIA announced a ten year commitment to focusing on finding solutions and programs that will positively benefit public health, sustainability, and providing disaster relief. The organization made the announcement at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting. Watch AIANational on youtube.

Ivy is happy to see the architecture profession is evolving and making a deep impact in numerous sectors. This’ll help keep architecture relevant in the eyes of the public.

Robert Ivy was recently asked about the ways he thinks architecture can improve public health. He simply replied that design has played a significant role in the public health sector since the earliest years of America. He pointed out that Central Park was constructed with the intention of improving public health. He also gave a lot of credit to young and hungry architects who are health focused.

About the American Institute of Architects (AIA)

AIA is an organization of architects for architects. Founded in New York well over a century ago,it is now headquartered in Washington, D.C. The organization is involved in many efforts that support the architecture profession. Once only home to 13 architects it now boasts a membership base of around 90,000 licensed architects and associated professionals.

About Robert Ivy

Robert Ivy has been the Chief Executive Officer of AIA since 2011. Prior to obtaining his position at AIA he served as Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record for 14 years. He graduated from Tulane University with a master’s degree in architecture and from Sewanee University with a bachelor’s degree. In 2009 he was the recipient of the G.D. Crain Award and a year later Alpha Rho Chi deemed him a master architect. See more: