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Robert Ivy Impacts Health With Design

The United States is facing a public health crisis and Robert Ivy, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects, thinks the solution could be found in better design. From obesity and its related chronic conditions to mental illness, our nation is getting unhealthier. The obesity rate in the United States is 35% with 34% of our residents being overweight. What is quite possible more concerning is the alarming statistic that 17% of children in the United States are obese.
It’s quite well known that a general lack of exercise and poor diet are the main causes of obesity. Unfortunately for a lot of Americans, eating healthy is difficult due to a lack of affordable, good food. Depression itself can sometimes lead to people coming to obese and the situation is further complicated by the fact that obesity has a higher rate of depression related to it.
Our environment influences us more than most people really consider, most people don’t think about how much architecture and design affect our well-being. The Chinese are strong believers in our surroundings being important to our health and general well being and have been practicing the art of feng shui for thousands of years. There is also an interesting theory known as “Broken Windows” that states that keeping a neighborhood clean and maintained will prevent crime and vandalism.
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Robert Ivy and those at the American Institute of Architects have some ideas and are working with public health officials to optimize them and make them happen. They are designing public schools with more natural lighting to make it easier for students to stay awake and pay attention. Many office buildings are already implementing this to increase productivity among workers. Officials are also renovating and building public parks to encourage people to be more active. These are just a few of the ideas Robert Ivy says will and already are being used today.
Robert Ivy has a masters degree from Tulane University in Architecture. Additionally, he graduated Cum Laude in English from the University of the South with a bachelors degree. He has been the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects since 2011. Robert Ivy is the only person to be given the title of “Master Architect” in the 21st century by the Alpha Rho Chi architectural fraternity. The Crain Award was also presented to Robert Ivy in 2009, this is the highest honor the American Business Media can bestow to an individual. Among other awards, the publications Ivy managed in his previous positions at McGraw-Hill have been given dozens of awards throughout his time there.
Robert Ivy and the American Institute of Architects are supporting a ten-year long initiative to bring healthier design to cities around the United States.