The American Institute of Architects is a professional organization for architects in the United States which has its headquarters in Washington D.C.
The A.I.A is thoroughly committed to ensuring that the communities’ public health is a priority when it comes to building designs. It is headed by Robert Ivy who is its executive vice president and chief executive officer.
He intends to integrate public health and architecture by introducing the ‘force of design.’ This is to be done by introducing the ‘Decade of Design’ which will involve funding and contributions from the A.I.A.
Robert Ivy intends to bring to the forefront the relationship between architecture and public health by building up data that will quantify and demonstrate the value of design through rigorous case studies.
Robert Ivy notes that architecture affects a community’s health especially regarding lifestyle diseases such as diabetes. It, therefore, calls upon consideration of basic design principles such as accessibility to sunlight, fresh air, and clean water.
Robert Ivy states that proper correlation between architectural designs and community’s health plays an important role in determining an individual’s productivity.
Robert Ivy hopes that future and aspiring architects will realize that the designs of buildings they come up with not only impact on areas of the skyline, rather, it can also aid individuals with their mental, emotional and physical well-being. He strongly believes that the designs of buildings could easily generate a generation of individuals who are less susceptible to obesity and disease.
In his own words, he wishes that he would have a way of ensuring young architects fully comprehend that they are complete and total contributing societal members.
He became the executive vice president and chief executive officer on February 1, 2011, where he succeeded Christine McEntee who had left the A.I.A, in July to lead the American
He notes that design plays an integral role in the public health sector as it is evidenced throughout the history of the United States dating back to when swamps were being drained in Washington D.C to the Olmstead design in New York of Central Park. The main idea here was to eradicate sub-standard housing as that part of the city was considered to be challenged.
He notes that architecture can determine a community’s rate of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and heart diseases. Basic design principles can affect an individual’s lifestyle by promoting exercise, say, by creating a building where it is necessary to use stairs.
H adds that the designs of buildings and the material used should be one that takes care of an individual’s physical, psychic, emotional and spiritual needs.
In conclusion, Robert Ivy’s future of architects involves proof that buildings make an impact on individuals’ lives. Buildings and their designs should be able to make individuals more productive in their day to day activities.