Robert Ivy, CEO of the American Institute of Architects, believes that architects are now positioned to expand their services and talents. They will begin to offer supplemental services, and may also become consultants in a sense. They will be able to offer their services to a complete range of industries. This will move the industry forward in numerous ways.
Robert Ivy notes the economic landscape has also changed for many of today’s architects. Sustainability is a major element that affects the way architects will design and build projects. Sustainability has to be a major element because of the problems facing the planet including climate change.
The world’s population is still growing by leaps and bounds. This challenges architects to deliver effective design solutions. Consider the earthquakes and other cataclysmic weather conditions that seem to be escalating around the world. Architects have always designed for earthquakes, as a matter of fact, but now designing and building for future catastrophes is more important than ever.
Experts estimate that up to two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by the year 2025. Many believe that turning the world “urban” is an additional solution to fight climate change. Urban centers with dense populations will provide the basis for a low-carbon footprint. There is a belief that urban living may one day prove to be the best sustainable form of organizing humans in a supportive society. Shanghai could be the perfect example of a megalopolis where cities surround a major, central city.
Some countries, like India, are forging ahead and spending billions on their infrastructure. India will spend $300 billion plus over the next five to ten years. They understand what it will take to make room for their massive population.
As such, Robert Ivy is well aware of the need to design architectural works that speak to health and true areas of need. There is every indication that his leadership is taking the AIA in the right direction.
AIA’s mission is to help build a better environment for the world. Architects will play a major role in helping design a better future for the world. The challenges are immense, and must factor in climate change, along with the fact that communities and infrastructures have experienced deterioration. Robert Ivy feels that now is the time to act. AIA is 160 years old and going strong. The organization has the right leadership, vision, and commitment from its members.