Robert Ivy was born in Mississippi a place known a Columbus. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sewanee. He also has a Master’s degree from Tulane University.
From 1996 to 2010, Robert Ivy was the director and vice president of McGraw Hill Construction. Currently, he is the chief executive officer and executive vice president of the AIA (American Institute of Architects).
AIA was established in 1857 with a primary goal of creating healthier, valuable, sustainable, and secure neighborhoods, buildings, and communities. The company recommends that the government should come up with public policies which promote general well-being and economic vitality. In addition, the company provides its members with resources and tools to help them in their businesses and careers. Consequently, the company engages the public and government leaders in identifying solutions for problems facing institutions, nation, and communities.
How good architectural designs help in addressing health challenges?
Mr. Ivy believes that an excellent architectural design plays a significant role in reducing health challenges. According to him, the use of stairs instead of lifts or elevators provides good health to people occupying the building including the surrounding environment. An individual’s well-being is increased when his or her body is engaged in physical activity such as climbing the stairs.
How Robert Ivy and AIA are partnering with public health to improve health in the community.
They are working with public health to drain swamps, eradicate substandard houses and reduce the rates of heart disease and diabetes by ensuring buildings are built with staircases to encourage exercise by the public. They also ensure that the homes have access to clean water, fresh air, and sunlight, significant for good health.
The principal aim of Robert Ivy is to come up with architectural designs that the general public finds them more accessible. This made him receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Awards. He was the first architect in Mississippi to win the award. He joins a category of distinguished Mississippians honored by the government and the public. He deserved the award because of his effort in ensuring public health is improved.
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