American Institute of Architects and its Efforts to Shape the Future of Architecture


In today’s world, efficient architecture has become an unavoidable factor in the construction of buildings or structures. Sustainability has become an important factor and goal of architecture in the recent decades considering the environmental impacts and the changed notion of respecting the nature. Green buildings have become a trend across the world and cities are going for a mantra of green structures and sustainability. However, what could be future trends or evolution in the architecture industry? The right institution to answer this question is none other than the American Institute of Architects, a professionally created non-profit association of architects in the United States. The institution has more than 150 years of expertise in regulating the industry and shaping new ideas.

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The CEO of the association, Robert Ivy discussed the changing thoughts and aspirations in the industry. While the initial years were focusing on lighting, the new architects are focused on diverse areas to give the architecture and overall appeal. According to Robert Ivy, a significant number of architects think that the design can improve the health of the inhabitants, especially in cities. Ivy asks people to look at the Central Park properly placed in the New York City. The park has played a major role in changing the congestion in the area of the city and improved the public health significantly with better air supply, an ideal place for walking or running, and more.

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Robert Ivy also notified that each decade comes up with new interests and different themes. For instance, last decade was centered around formalism, whereas current generation looks for more socially engaged solutions. While the former was looking building as objects, the latter is more comprehensive to diverse population needs and hands-on building. Robert Ivy says that architecture plays a significant role in controlling non-communicable diseases as well. For instance, structures that are designed to encourage exercise or physical activity, such walk up stairs, long corridors, and more can help the inhabitants to cope up with heart disease, diabetes, and more. Ivy reminds that this is in addition to the basic design factors of architecture such as fresh air, sunlight, clean water, and more.

Robert Ivy is also a proponent of technology in the architecture ecosystem. This is the reason the AIA decided to sponsor hackathons and developing apps to make more integration with architecture requirements. Ivy thinks that the architecture community is highly familiar with comparative discrimination based on contests as it is part of the life of an architect. Due to that, hackathons are accurately fitting to the mode of architects, and the program is found to be growing in the recent years with works around efficient solutions. The apps give a greater choice to make general audience close to architects through increased interactions.

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