Robert Ivy has been referred to as wise and soft-spoken. As an architect, he can speak about everything from the United States history in urban planning to the cross pollination of ideas with the individuals who program software.
He is the CEO for the American Institute of Architects and feels architects must think past their field. He says architects can improve health and provide solutions for disaster relief. When the performance of architects was tracked in the building industry it was believed to be an accurate economic indicator regarding the United States.
The American Institute of Architects has made a ten-year commitment to develop programs and solutions for natural disaster resiliency in urban areas, sustainability, and public health. They are providing grants for university research and plan to create a phone app. Robert Ivy understands the role design has played in public health throughout the history of the United States. He spoke of Central park and said it was created to improve public health and not as a space for recreation. He believes buildings affect the health of the public and people must consider their impact on clean water, fresh air and sunlight. His mantra is for welfare, safety, and health in his work as an architect.
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Robert Ivy believes a hackathon is incredibly appropriate for an architect due to the communities’ comfort level with comparative discrimination and contests. He feels hackathons will engage engineers, designers, and architects with a low cost and result in new ideas. Robert Ivy sees the merging of architecture and technology and firmly believes the public and architects must become conversant. As master collaborators, architects can place teams of individuals together. They create ideas and teams that are diverse and comprised of experts of all disciplines. He believes in the future architects will evolve the field and prove the impact made by buildings. Certain types of buildings encourage productivity and he believes this must be tracked so the correlation between well-being and productivity can run smoothly. He understands this will require a critical and sustained effort over time to provide more accurate results. According to Robert Ivy on about.me, evidence is the key.