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Robert Ivy: Importance Of Design In Health

According to Robert Ivy architectural design can assist us in solving complex issues in the health sector. Even before we look at the complex issues, there are simple things that we can all relate to. Some benefits can be resolved by using stairs in a building instead of using the elevator. The building occupants are likely to enjoy a better environment with the stairs than the elevator in terms of health benefits. When we are using our bodies our health is boosted. Using elevators means that we are depending on the kinetic energy supplied by the external electrical system instead of our own muscular energy. The human body needs exercise. When we engage in stairs climbing, we are fine tuning the muscles of the body.
Design has much more to human health as well as productivity. Access to natural lighting and fresh air tends to make a person develop a perception that will affect their performance. However, these are the things we assume or we never even know that they are affecting our performance.
Architects are today working on ways they can increase the health benefits that are directly related to design. The intention is to make people live a better and healthy life, sometimes even without knowing. In this 21st century, Robert Ivy is one of the people who is working very hard to ensure that these improvements are realized. We will look at some of the recent design works which are meant to make human being live a healthier life.
In a recent project that was completed in Seattle known as the Seattle Children’s Hospital “Building Hope” expansion, the architects integrated the biophilia in the design work. Biophilia is a name coined by a German psychologist meaning love of life or living systems. Biophilia is used to describe the human attraction to anything that is living. This particular design was important for the children hospital since it creates a sense of humor and playfulness in children and the visitors. There is also use of mural which makes the children imagine and discover things.

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About Robert Ivy
Robert Ivy is an architect born in Columbus, Mississippi. Ivy holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Sewanee University, and a master’s on the same from the University of Tulane.
Robert Ivy has held senior editorial positions in the field of Architecture. He was the Vice President and Editorial Director at the McGraw-Hill Construction. He was also the Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record for fourteen years between 1996 and 2010. In his term as the senior editor, he oversaw the publication of 33 publications in both digital and print editions.
Ivy is now the Chief Executive Officer or the Executive Vice president of American Institute of Architects. He has won some accolades for his good work in the architectural field. Due to his excellence in business media, he was awarded the G.D Crain Award in 2009 for his contributions. The Alpha Rho Chi magazine named him the “Master Architect” in 2010.

About AIA

The American Institute of Architects leading professional association for architects in the United States. The organization was founded in 1857 and was established with the focus on developing and improving the sector. Currently has a membership that is in excess of 90,000 people. When the organization was founded, the industry didn’t have any qualification requirements for people working in the sector. The American Institute of Architect is an organization that brings together architects in the whole America. The founders of this organization did not want architects to operate as individuals. By coming together, they will support one another and grow the profession. Since then the organization has played a major role in advancing the interests of this profession.

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