Robert Ivy’s Great Impact on the Architecture Profession


     Born in Columbus Mississippi, Robert Ivy studied for his English degree at Sewanee University. He further earned a masters degree from Tulane University where he studied Architecture. He would later serve as a vice president and an editorial director at the McGraw-Hill Constructions in which he was in charge of the architecture publication. Further, from 1996, Robert served as the editor in chief of Architectural Record and managed the dissemination of over 30 publications in both digital and print platform.

With Robert at the helm, the publication became very popular and sold even to international markets. Robert Ivy heads the American Institute of Architects as the CEO and executive vice president. Robert took over as the CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2001 after the board collectively chose him to hold the highest office in the organization. Moreover, after taking charge of the company Robert grew the company to add on to its high heritage by being responsive, proactive, and influential in its service delivery.

Equally important, Robert also initiated a campaign among residents to sensitize to all on the value of the architecture profession. Notably, Robert’s hard work earned him recognition for his significant impact on the company which led the alpha rho chi to name him as the “Master Architect” in 2010. Also, he was honored with the G.D. Crain award for outstanding performance in editorial works in 2009.

The Future of Architecture

Robert Ivy is an individual who values health, and it is for this reason that he is an excellent advocate of marrying the building design and health education. The statistics for health shows that a considerable number of Americans are obese, overweight, and even diabetic. Mainly the reason behind the high numbers of unhealthy individuals is most probably because of lack of exercise. Robert believes that architecture design can prompt the residents of America to have exercise by default. This is by incorporating innovative structures to help people work out while they are going about their daily lives.

Integrating of architecture and healthy living can be done through measures such as that in the Manhattan’s Chelsea Neighborhood. The place was recently transformed into a park that now has a botanical garden, town square, and promenade. As a result, it has helped the inhabitants of the region jog and walk as they view the beautiful scenery thus achieving its purpose in architecture that takes care of the health sector. Additionally, due to the growing interest in the architecture and health profession co-relation, universities have assimilated both courses to include them in the sessions undertaken in each of the degree programs.



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