Public Health and Sustainability have long been at the forefront of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) thanks to the efforts of Robert Ivy its Chief Executive Officer. Robert Ivy has always wanted to lead the AIA to new levels of change that would have a global impact on the public. Robert Ivy and the AIA have already funded several grant programs to Universities like Texas A&M, the Universities of Arkansas and New Mexico. Each one of the Universities is implementing different programs geared at measuring different health impacts on the community. Buildings, where we live and work, affect our health conditions. They change how we breathe in the fresh or noxious air, how we receive sunlight and fresh water from the ground or how we access pure and clean air. Robert Ivy believes that these characteristics of buildings that affect the health of individuals and they should be quantifiable. The latest grants that have been sponsored by AIA are directed at assisting architectural students around the country to begin quantifying the data which proves the relationships between architectural structures and the health of the people who use them or live in them.
Robert Ivy uses his office as CEO of AIA to further encourage architects and city planner to design buildings that are more conducive to physical activity. He promotes the use of open space to support and encourage physical activity in and around buildings. One of Robert Ivy’s reasons is the general fight against obesity, which affects 35% of the American population. Robert Ivy hopes that he can influence this generation as well as future generations to implement new standards of design that can help reduce the effect of obesity and heart disease by providing more unique ways to bring more open space into the architectural design process.