Robert IVY currently serves as the CEO and executive VP of the American Institute of Architects. He is based in Washington D.C. and previously worked as an editor in chief of Architectural Record. Mr. Ivy helped transform this journal into one of the most widely read professional architectural publications.
Smartplanet reporter, Sun Joo Kim asked Robert Ivy of the American Institute of Architects if architects were now looking at design and materials as a way of improving occupant health in their profession. Mr. Ivy said that architects have long had a goal of encouraging health, safety and welfare in their structures. However, Robert Ivy says that many architects are now looking at planning, design and materials in a different light when it comes to public health and well-being.
Robert Ivy also highlighted the fact that there is a trend now to look beyond just public health effects or aesthetics. He says that there is now an integrated approach in architecture that looks to foster a greater sense of overall well-being. This is a good trend in his eyes. Not only should a building be safe and pleasant to live in, but it should also promote your health both physically, psychologically and even spiritually if possible. That is what he means by overall well-being.
Smartplanet then asked Robert Ivy from the American Institute of Architects about his organization’s recent sponsorship of hackathons. Robert Ivy says that hackathons are a great way to bring the entire community together to create solutions or software that can benefit all the stakeholders involved in a building project. He says that architects have no problems with such things, because they are competitive by nature in their profession. The hackathons are also a good way to bring new technology and ideas into architecture. This will only benefit the field and inject new ideas that can prove to be revolutionary in design planning, building and community outreach.
Sun Joo Kim asked of the trend of groups such as the American Institute of Architects beginning to work more and more closely and often with other professionals. He specifically inquired is this was the way architecture was heading. Robert Ivy said that architecture is indeed heading in that direction. He states that architects are no longer seen as the creative lone geniuses who design everything. Instead they are being viewed as master collaborators that supervise and work with a large and diverse team of professionals that range from builders, financiers, construction workers and managers. Read more about St. Andrew Youth: https://dirt.asla.org/2011/06/22/robert-ivy-on-the-future-of-architecture/