Robert Ivy Speaks On The Role Of Architecture In Public Health

According to Robert Ivy, proper designing can help in solving various challenges being witnessed in the health sector. Some people might wonder how architecture can be used to improve public health. However, some examples are so simple that so many people overlook them. For instance, using stairs instead of elevators has a lot of benefits. The basic one is body exercise. It has been discovered that one of the main causes of obesity in America is lack of exercise. Therefore architects have a big role to play when it comes to improving public health in the country.
Consequently, in the recent years, architects and health officials have been working together to find ways of helping solve health problems through design. The Chief executive Officer of the American Institute of architects, Robert Ivy has been vocal in encouraging architects across the country to think outside architecture and explore ways of working together with other disciplines to maximize their potential.

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The following are some of the efforts of architects and health officials across the country.
• VMDO architects are working together with an assistant professor of the University of Virginia Medical School; Dr. Mathew Trowbridge in studying ways through which design can be used to reduces obesity cases among children in Charleville, Virginia. The research is being carried out at the new Buckingham Country Primary and Elementary school. Preliminary results of the study culminated in the creation of a healthy Eating Design Guidelines.
• The recently completed Seattle Children’s hospital was designed by ZGF Associates LLP. The building incorporates biophilia as the main design strategy. The new design is important because it introduces a sense of oddity among children as well as enhancing the inner outlook of the building. The building is also engraved with murals which are designed to enhance children’s imaginations.
• The other major effort is the “light as therapy” designed invented in California. The innovation came as a result of a research done by Kyle Koins who is also an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Southern California. The research is not yet complete but many people are confident that it will lead to the decrease in the number of people suffering from Alzheimer and Dementia diseases.
Those are just but a few of the efforts being made as a result of the collaborations between architects and professionals in the medical industry. The Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects, Mr. Robert Ivy has been on the forefront championing for such efforts. He said that AIA will increase funding for projects meant to improve public health. The soft-spoken CEO also believes that if more efforts are put in the public health sector a lot will be achieved.

Ivy, who received his Bachelor’s Degree in English from Sewanee: The University of the South and his Master’s Degree in Architecture from Tulane University. Robert has been a senior editor with Architectural Records where he left a legacy of overseeing over 33 publications in both print and digital media. He has won the G.D. Crain Award for his lifetime contributions in the industry. In 2003, he also took the position of Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media. He is also a published author having written Fay Jones: Architect.

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