Architecture Leaps Into The Future With the American Institute of Architects

Robert Ivy may be an architect, but his ambitions reach far outside his own field. He dreams of a world here architecture crosses over with other fields regularly; from software development to health and safety. Robert Ivy is a leader in his field, as CEO and EVP of the American Institute of Architects, a highly influential organization dedicated to bringing together skilled architects from around the globe. While the institute is, understandably, focused primarily on Architecture, Ivy encourages its members to look outside the field and to build strong professional relationships with other industries. His recent focus has been on the role of architecture in public health and safety.

Architecture’s Major Role in Public Health

Since the first days of the United States, architectural design has played a massive role in public health. Whether it was the original draining of the swamp in Washington D.C. or the original design of New York’s Central Park; health and safety have played a pivotal role in the architecture of our cities. Indeed, Central Park’s Olmsted design placed a strong emphasis on the removal of housing that didn’t quite meet health and safety requirements, and to normalize a sector of the city which had long been in dire straits. However, while it was originally conceived entirely to improve public health, it was only later that it evolved into the veritable recreational hub that it is today.

An interesting historical trend in architecture is their strong focus on specific themes during different periods. One example is the strong focus on formalism over the past decade. Many publications, both within and without the industry viewed buildings as little more than objects, rather than as part of a greater whole. However, in recent years, there has been a movement within architectural circles to focus more heavily on buildings as places which affect public health and the city around them. Learn more:

How This New Focus Will Affect Cities

What exactly this new architectural focus will mean for cities is quite simple; a renewed focus on public health, happiness, and community. However, getting to that point is another challenge in itself, and there is a lot that aspiring architects must take into account.

One area which will warrant more consideration than it had over the past decade is the selection of materials. While structural stability and cost are still massive factors, architects now often take into account the sustainability of a material, the effect it has on people, and how it fits into the overall vision of architecture’s future. The quality of a material is no longer measured by sheer strength, but also by whether or not it provides benefits to the city and to those who utilize the building.

Hackathons And The Collaborative Future of Architecture

Robert Ivy isn’t solely focused on health and safety though, he likes to step back, and take a look at the big picture, encouraging collaboration between professional sectors whenever possible. With the competitive spirit of architecture, hackathons fit right into this mold, and the AIA is taking full advantage of this, allowing those both in the field of architecture as well as those in other fields to compete in order to further the industry. With a strong competitive and collaborative focus for the foreseeable future, the field of architecture seems to be taking a dive straight into the modern age, and Robert Ivy is at the helm. Watch Robert Ivy on Youtube