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Robert Ivy, FAIA
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The author is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects.

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Architects of Health

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 10:10 AM

The next time you and your family pull away from that convenient drive-through at a fast-food outlet, consider these very inconvenient facts:

• More than 35 percent of Americans are obese, and more than 34 percent are overweight. https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/obesity/conditioninfo/Pages/risk.aspx

• Obesity affects 17 percent of all of...

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Designing New Foundations for Public Health

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 11:13 AM

Good design can play a central role in addressing today's complex health challenges. At the most obvious level, you might find the examples self-evident, even simplistic: using stairs rather than elevators offers compound benefits for building occupants and for the environment, transferring needed kinetic energy from externally supplied electrical systems...

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The Cure for What Ails You? Good Design

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 1:13 PM

Common sense, and a growing body of research, point out an overlooked truth: Intentional design decisions can improve health care for sick people. Pushed to its logical conclusion, we can now ask, "Can good design help prevent people from getting sick?"

Still, the relationship may not be...

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Healthy Living Choices -- By Design

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 11:10 AM

Today, we might not consider architecture important to physical and mental well-being, but it matters. In fact, design choices and the selection of building materials have a profound impact on the health of individuals and the public at large. As Dr. Richard J. Jackson, M.D., a pediatrician...

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