The American Institute of Architects Makes Architecture Into an Engine For a Better World

Robert Ivy acts as the chief executive officer as well as the executive vice president for the American Institute of Architects. The American Institute of Architects is a professional organization with a strong focus on bringing together architects from around the world. While Ivy works as an architect, putting a focus on the design and construction industries, he strongly encourages architects to look outside their own field. Architecture isn’t an isolated field, and with applications from improving public health to disaster relief efforts, collaboration has become the name of the game, and the American Institute of Architects is ahead of the pack when it comes to making collaboration happen. View Robert Ivy’s profile at LinkedIn

Why The Recent Focus on Public Health?

The field of architecture is unique in that the field seems to focus on a single theme at any given time. While, until recently, the focus of publications has been on the isolated value of a structure, seeing them simply as objects, there has been a recent trend towards architectural projects being agents of change and collaboration, focusing on the bigger picture, which is to say, how the project affects the entire city and its people. With the new generation of architects focused on social engagement, diversity, collaboration, and more hands-on experiences. The impression of architecture as simply another art form is quickly fading, and its value to society is becoming more clear than ever before.

One area in which architecture has a readily apparent effect is that of public health. While the structure of a building isn’t likely to mend a broken leg, it can be engineered to help prevent things such as non-communicable diseases in the vein of heart disease or diabetes. For example, a building could be designed to promote healthy living and exercise by forgoing things such as elevators in favor of stairs, or, god forbid, by placing the parking spaces further away. But this focus on health is by no means a new development, it has simply gained more traction recently than in the past. The most simple design principles of architecture already force those in the field to consider health, from a building’s access to sunlight and clean water to ventilation and fresh air. Health has been part of architecture since the first time a building was designed. Read:https://www.nytimes.com/topic/organization/american-institute-of-architects

Building For The Future

The final goal of this movement is quite simple, as Ivy explains. Architects want evidence that their buildings are creating an impact on the world. They want to know whether or not their designs affect health or productivity, and this data can be hard to get. Most studies on the subject have focused on lighting rather than structure, and data is sparse. Robert Ivy believes that a sustained effort is what’s needed to gather this data and to turn the field of architecture into a force for change, and an engine for collaboration.

Read the article at zdnet.com about Robert Ivy

 

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