American Institute of Architects’ plan to extend into foreign fields

The American Institute of Architects, AIA, plans to extend its territories beyond buildings and designs into other fields especially the health sector. The Institute, founded in 1857 as a form of a support group for architects in the United States has since evolved to provide education, advocacy, and even community outreach activities to help uplift architecture as a whole.

It only started with 13 members but now has almost 100,000 members. With five levels of membership namely; architect, associate, international associate, emeritus, and allied-AIA.

AIA ensures that its members follow a strict code of conduct to assure clients of professionalism. At the helm of its leadership is Robert Ivy, the Chief Executive Officer, and the Executive Vice President. Elected as CEO of AIA in 2010, Ivy’s credentials include a Bachelors degree in Arts, English, from the University of the South, Tennessee, and a Masters degree in Architecture from Tulane University.

Robert Ivy has been encouraging architects to shift focus from design, building, and construction to other sectors to spread the positive impact of architecture to other industries as well.Ivy, in an interview with Reena Jana from Smart Planet, explained how architecture could impact the public health industry through design. He gave an example of the draining of swamps during the rehabilitation of the Central Park in a bid to improve sanitation. Learn more at Crunchbase about Robert Ivy

Ivy also encouraged designs of buildings that promoted healthy living through exercises for instance by use of stairs. The American Institute of Architects plans to use a decade to focus more on finding solutions to health problems and on matters that improve health and well being. These ventures, Robert Ivy explained, will be accomplished through the provision of grants by AIA to Universities to enable them to come up with projects that will innovate ways to solve climate change issues. Architects are also encouraged to adopt the hackathon idea to allow them to work more closely with professionals from other fields and exchange useful ideas.

One of Ivy’s aim has been to educate the public on the relevance and value of architecture and this he has been able to do in part through his book Fay Jones: Architect, which was published by the AIA in 1992. In his career, he has managed to receive many accolades including Folio Award (2009) and the Crain Award in 2009.

In 2010 the National Institute of Architecture (Alpha Rho Chi) decided to unanimously vote him as the Master Architect for his devotion in communicating and publishing advances and ideas in the world of design. Ivy is, without doubt, one of the best architects and design artists of his era, being ranked with the likes of Mies van der Rohe and Buckminster Fuller. More info here:


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