ROBERT IVY’S TAKE ON USING DESIGN TO CURB LIFESTYLE DISEASES

     Robert Ivy was born in Columbus, Mississippi. He schooled at the University of South where he was awarded Bachelor of Arts degree (English). He later attended Tulane University for his postgraduate in architecture. He is the current vice president and CEO of the American Institute of architects. He attained this position in 1996, a position he has retained to date. Before joining the AIA, he was the director and vice president of McGraw Hill Construction. From 1981 to 1996 he was a principal dean and a pundit to many publications. He was a member of the jury that that chose Frank Gehry, who is an architect to national Dwight D. Eisnhower memorial.

In his editorial leadership, he has been awarded many prizes which include; the Journalism Award by the Premier Magazine, National Magazine Award by the American Society of Magazine Editors. He was awarded Crain award in 2009. Before this, in 1998 he had been awarded by McGraw-Hill for his excellent management. In 2010, the group of national architecture voted Ivy with high numbers as the master architect. This was due to his effective teaching on the value attached to design.

In his recent post, he has explained the significant role that design plays when solving complex health issues faced by the people currently. He went ahead and gave an example of the benefits of people living in a house equipped with stairs instead of an elevator. He informed that the regular movement of one’s body increases their well-being. To make this a good habit, they are working with the public health sector to address the health issues such as diabetes and heart-related disorders. Robert added that they are putting down all the substandard houses, draining all the swamps in Washington DC and also providing staircases in the buildings to promote body exercise. They will also make sure that every living building has enough access to sunlight, clean air, and water. By so doing, it will help reduce many health issues.

Robert Ivy hopes that he can make a consultant architecture who is very creative and people-minded. He hopes that architecture will finally look into health matters while meeting the goals of mitigation and being able to adapt to different climate changes.

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