How Robert Ivy Sees Good Design As Necessary For Good Health

Robert Ivy’s mission in life is to share information about how architecture plays such a vital role in the day to day lives of people. He is the chief executive officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and as part of this mission he has written articles about architecture for Huffpost. He has stated many times that architecture is vital for both physical and mental wellbeing.

Design choices when creating a building and the choice of materials used have a huge impact on people, Robert Ivy has written on He points to comments by Dr. Richard Jackson, MD, who used to be the head of the CDC National Center for Environmental Health. Dr. Jackson had said that architects, planners, and designers have more influence over the health of the general public than any doctor does.

The Chinese philosophy of feng shui is all about how your surroundings can affect your health. It’s not just our physical mental health that is affected by the buildings we occupy but even our moods and temperaments. Our lived-in environments are very important and good design can have a dramatic effect on improving the lives of the people who make use of the building.

Robert Ivy also points out that the materials we use to build structures and furnish them have health consequences. Many things that people bring indoors have toxic chemicals in them. For example, the “new carpet smell” so many people are attracted to is an off-gas that is toxic and can cause both nausea and dizziness. By using more environmentally responsible materials a home or business can be free of these toxic chemicals.

Robert Ivy earned his architecture degree at Tulane University in 1976. For many years he worked in an architectural firm he had helped establish. After 20 years he joined McGraw-Hill Companies where he became their new editor in chief. He was the chief editor for many of their publications with the most important one being Architectural Record, the most read publication in the industry. He has won the G.D. Crain Award for his lifetime contributions in the industry.

In February 2011 he attained his present position at the AIA. His organization advocates for architects as well as affiliated occupations. It has chapters throughout the world and everyone who becomes a member pledges to uphold the highest standards of the architectural profession. This organization is based in Washington D.C. and promotes good design with both its members, government officials, and the general public.

Since Robert Ivy became the CEO of the AIA he has pushed it into the 21st century by incorporating new technology and otherwise streamlining operations. Because of his efforts the AIA is now responsive and proactive in pushing good design decisions. One of his primary goals is making the general public more aware of the role architecture plays in their lives.

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