Robert Ivy was born and raised in Columbus, Mississippi. He attended college at Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee (1965 – 1969) where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English (cum laude). He went on to earn his Masters in Architecture from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1976.
Mr. Ivy served as Editor in Chief of Architectural Record – a McGraw-Hill Company from October 1996 to February 2011. In February 2011 he was appointed as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) where he currently works out of their headquarters in Washington, D.C. The AIA was founded in 1857 and currently has 260 chapters worldwide with over 90,000 members. The AIA strives to affect positive change in the world by way of thoughtful architectural design.
This forward thinking, humanitarian view comes through in an interview with Robert Ivy by Reena Jana from November 8, 2012 posted on ZDNet. It is Mr. Ivy’s belief that architecture can have an important impact on our daily lives in a variety of areas, from improving personal health to providing disaster relief solutions. As the head of the American Institute of Architects, Mr. Ivy has put in motion a ten year plan to formulate architectural solutions in urban areas focused on health and resiliency to natural disasters.
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In the interview with Ms Jana, Robert Ivy points out that architectural design has played a part in public health throughout the history of the United States. He cites the draining of the swamps in Washington, D.C and the design of Central Park in New York City as examples.
Mr. Robert Ivy addresses the topic of how, in today’s world, architectural design can directly impact personal health in the article he wrote recently for Huffington Post: “Architects of Health,” May 03, 2017. It is Robert Ivy’s vision that, starting now, and moving into the future, architectural design can be integrated into social planning to stem the tide of chronic illness in urban areas.
By way of example, Mr. Ivy notes that the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University is offering a Master of Science in Architecture with a Specialization in Design and Health. Furthermore, Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health now offers a course on the impact of buildings on productivity, sustainability and health.
Robert Ivy sees this new generation of design experts teaming up with public health officials to bring about a healthier tomorrow, and intends to leverage his leadership position at the American Institute of Architects to bring this into reality.
Find more about Robert Ivy: http://www.metropolismag.com/ideas/architects-and-the-public-health-imperative/