One of the architectural and design industry’s leading voices has spoken out in recent months, encouraging his colleagues to use their influence to help the health community solve issues facing humans today. These issues include obesity and heart disease. Ivy believes that it is important that architects look beyond just aesthetics when it comes to the buildings, structures, parks, and cities that they design.
In an interview with ZDNet, Ivy said that architects and designers can assist in a number of societal issues including health and disaster relief. He says that architects have influenced many cultures including physical fitness for years, citing the construction of the New York City’s Central Park. While not intentional, the park has turned into a place where people exercise, which has a huge benefit to the health of the population.
Robert Ivy has been a respected architect and architectural critic since 1981 and has been the Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architecture since 2011. The AIA is the industry’s professional organization, with over 90,000 members around the globe. Ivy oversees the organization’s main office in Washington D.C. and leads its over 300 full-time employees.
Robert Ivy has been the Editor in Chief of the Architectural Record and Vice President/Editorial Director at McGraw-Hill’s Construction Media. The Architectural Record is the unofficial monthly publication of the AIA. The magazine has won numerous awards under Ivy’s guidance including the National Magazine Award for General Guidance.
From 1981 until 1996 Ivy was a principal architect at Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy. He was an avid critic during this period as well and his work was published in many industry publications.
Ivy earned his Master’s in Architecture from Tulane University in 1981. He earned his undergraduate degree in Art from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Ivy is a native of Columbus, Mississippi.