Robert Ivy, the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is ready to work with the Trump Administration and the 115th Congress to address the rebuilding of our country’s infrastructure. He is especially focused on the design and construction of our hospitals, schools and other public infrastructure.
Robert Ivy is in charge of AIA, which has a membership composed of architects who design and build beautiful structures; he also finds time to think about the other areas that should be of interest to everyone in his profession. The AIA announced a 10-year focus on developing solutions to public health issues, sustainability and resiliency in the face of natural disasters in cities. This announcement was made at a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative where political, business and cultural leaders from around the world meet annually.
AIA has started to fulfill the solutions it proposed by giving research grants to an international city’s university where the group will stage a hack-a-thon to create software or a phone app supporting their plan. AIA is planning ahead in many areas. To remind everyone of how AIA could aid public health, Robert Ivy pointed out the fact that Central Park came into existence as a solution to the substandard housing that once occupied the same space. To clean up the area, Central Park a recreational space filled with open spaces of green grass and trees was built.
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Architects are well aware of how a building can promote health by building it with stairs to encourage exercise. Also, the creation of access to clean water, sunlight and fresh air can increase a building’s healthiness. The materials chosen to build the structure also have an effect on the residents or inhabitants health.
In addition to the focus on health, Ivy sees architects as being an important part of collaborative projects with other professionals. Because architects are trained to construct and manage teams, he sees teams of multi-professionals working with architects to promote sustainability of the environment, reduce pollution, save energy and effectively promote human productivity and well-being.
AIA was founded in 1857 and the original membership consisted of only 13 architects. The first AIA headquarters were in New York City. Now, the headquarters or the AIA is located in Washington, D.C. The current membership of the AIA equals 90,000 licensed architects and retired architects in 260 chapters around the world.