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How Robert Ivy Is Encouraging Architects To Work Towards The Social Good

If you had to describe the reigning philosophy that the current leader of the American Institute of Architects Robert Ivy has with regard to architecture you might say that his ethos is one that considers the architect to be a humanitarian. When a member of the general public considers the profession of architecture they very likely think of people in suits and who work in beautiful buildings and design beautiful buildings for well-appointed clients. And that vision is probably true however the reality is that architecture encompasses much more than that and has the potential to be a force for the common good. Architects are more than mere designers and more than mere business people they are skilled professionals who have the ability to shape the quality of life for people all over the world.

Architects of course must be experts in many things: they must understand issues such as land use and engineering. Architects must have technical knowledge regarding local policies that govern how buildings must be designed and what features they are able to have and must not have. There are many technical skills that an architect must have in order to be competent at designing buildings that are structurally sound. However those Architects who are interested in becoming great at what they do they must figure out how to leverage their their technical skills in order to enhance the lived experience of the people who use the buildings that they work on.

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One could argue that this focus on the architect as a humanitarian is what is driving the direction that the American Institute of Architects is going in. If you review the tenure of the institute’s executive vice president and chief executive officer Robert Ivy then you will notice that Ivy has been quite adamant about promoting the idea that architects can make a positive contribution to the parts of people’s lives that might seem quite disparate from architecture. Robert Ivy has spoken quite a bit about how architects can use their skills to help people lead lives that are more healthy. For example Robert Ivy has written about how architects can help to prevent non-communicable diseases simply by being thoughtful about the design choices that they make as they work on building projects.

Robert Ivy has also talked about the fact that architects are known for being effective collaborators as the projects that they work on involve many moving components and various parties. Ivy has noted that the architect’s ability to guide and direct a sprawling team makes professionals in the industry particularly well suited to collaborating with professionals who are working in other disciplines. Overall Robert Ivy is very invested in the important notion of collaboration being key to shaping the future of architecture as a field and as well as the future role of the architecture will play in society.

The American Institute of Architects, which has been operating under Robert Ivy’s leadership for most of the past decade, has more than 250 chapters across country, and its strong membership of 90,000 architects and design professionals are all committed to bettering the built environment.

For 150 years, the American Institute of Architects stood as a united voice for all architects. Its mission is to promote scientific and practical perfection. That was the mission of the original 13 members: elevate the profession’s standing. Since then, Robert Ivy’s expanding upon that concept, making the American Institute of Architects better.

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