Robert Ivy, CEO of the American Institute of Architects, has a vision for the future of architecture. He believes that architecture can play a key role in helping solve many of today’s complex health challenges. Many examples of how architecture can aid a healthier lifestyle are actually self-evident. For example, using the stairs whenever possible builds a stronger skeleton-muscular system.
Moving the body increases well-being. Another example is designing buildings so that natural light is readily available. People are more alert, and the workplace perception improves. Thus, people can be more productive as a whole.
The good news is that more public health officials and architects are collaborating on what constitutes good design. As such, design can help create a toxin-free, healthy, environment that is equitable for everyone’s health.
The Seattle Children’s Hospital has implemented the “love of life” in its design. For children and visitors, the design stimulates a creative and whimsy mood. The hospital is a 330,000 square foot facility with beautiful murals that inspire children to imagine and discover.
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VMDO Architects worked with Dr. Townbridge in Charlottesville, Virginia on a special project. Townbridge is an assistant professor at the University of Virginia Medial School. He is complementing the study of how to reduce obesity in children through architectural design. The goal is to combine healthy eating with physical activities. Statistics indicate that, by 2025, the number of people 65 and older with related dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease will total more than seven million people. This is an increase of 40 percent over today’s numbers.
Architectural design is taking into consideration that exposure to light can be an effective therapy for this group. Lack of proper light exposure can cause loss of sleep, behavioral changes, cognitive decline, and even depression. Robert Ivy provides the American Institute of Architects with a strong sense of vision and direction. The AIA is headquartered in Washington, DC, and operates over 260 chapters across the world.
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