Facing America’s Health Issues Thru Architecture

     The Art and Science of Architecture are helping to solve some health issues America is facing today? Thanks to the foresight and vision of Robert Ivy, who is Chief Executive Officer of American Institute of Architects (AIA). The health issues of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes have faced the United States for several decades. Government statistics show a steady increase in obesity from 23% (1962) to 67% (2008). On the other hand, the cost of treating diabetes in the United States was at the height of 326 Billion in 2017. Robert Ivy hopes to change that for present and future Americans by changing the landscape of how Architects design buildings. Yes, Robert Ivy believes and is willing to quantify the facts that there is a direct correlation between health and the way buildings help improve the quality of health. More open spaces are needed in structures, which would allow tenants or office workers to utilize the public areas as paths to a more healthier life. Robert Ivy is recasting the old mantra of welfare to “well-being.” Ivy takes a more holistic approach to architecture and envisions the future of architecture to embody more diversity among the teams that plan and design buildings. As a consequence of more variety among team members, the diverse health needs of the tenant can be addressed and brought into the decision process before a building is set in stone. One of the ways architects can help promote the well-being and health of a community is to foster more spaces where tenants can walk and remain in open areas or climb steps for exercise.

Robert Ivy and AIA have a strong presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, which serves to spread its message. Robert Ivy and AIA frequently advocate for the future of American architecture in Washington, DC. AIA is confident that commercial construction to rise steadily in 2018 and 2019 by 4%, which offers architects plenty of opportunities to put these recommendations to effect.

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