American Institute of Architects Continues Tradition

Robert Ivy has been an architect for over 30 years, earning a Master’s in Architecture from Tulane University in New Orleans after undergraduate studies at Sewanee: The University of the South. He has been serving as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects after a long career in the industry.

In a recent interview with, Ivy spoke of the challenges of public health issues and how architecture can have a positive affect of public health. He believes that architecture can improve public health issues like diabetes and heart disease because of the role it can play in promoting exercise in a community. Ivy says that the materials that are used in construction can perhaps play the greatest part in public health safety. He believes that one of the things that architects are great at are their ability to manage large teams.

Robert Ivy was named to his position at the American Institute of Architects in 2011 after holding a number of positions in the architectural publishing sector. Ivy was named the Editor in Chief at the Architectural Record in 1996. He has also spent time as the Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media, which produces a number of magazines and periodicals in the field of architecture. Prior to joining the Architectural Record, Robert Ivy spent 15 years at Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy.

He is well known for his work as a critic for a number of national publications on architecture and construction.

The American Institute of Architects was established by 13 architects in 1857 in order to establish a set of guidelines for those in the architectural industry. To be a member of the AIA, one must be a graduate of an approved U.S. institute of higher learning in the field of architecture. The institute is headquartered in Washington, D.C., has offices in Europe and Asia, and has over 90,000 active members nationwide. The AIA has over 200 full-time employees that help promote professionalism and public education as it relates to architecture. AIA is dedicated to promoting the field of architecture in schools around the country, hoping to get children interested in the industry.



From the Hawaiian Volcanic Hills Rose an Enterprise Called Waiakea Water

Waiakea is a water company that specializes in the selling of high-quality volcanic water. One of the things that make Waiakea unique is the fact that it ensures that it maintains a business model that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. Its most recent move has been to develop bottles that are 100 percent recyclable.

The process of coming up with eco-friendly bottles has not been an easy one. This is putting in mind the fact that there have been no previous researches on that. While those who have researched on it previously aimed at creating stronger plastics that were better, Waiakea on the other hands is determined to make weaker bottles. It has proven to be quite challenging to come up with degradable containers that serve as well as the regular plastic ones.

After years of research and conducting 1200 experiments, Waiakea finally managed to achieve what it wanted. The bottles are made using high-quality RPET. These are twice expensive compared to the standard RPET. However, the cost of the additive that makes the containers degradable is entirely negligible. This strategy, therefore, reduces the cost. The new degradable bottles can be recycled together with the regular PET bottles.

The company strives to maintain sustainability. It boasts of how highly sustainable it is. This concept is not only brought out on its advertisements, but it’s also part of the company’s operations. For starters, it just takes a little of the water at Mauna Loa aquifer to produce volcanic water.

The company uses a site that potentially produces up to 740 million gallons of water on a daily basis. In a day the United States ideally consumes up to two million gallons of water per day. This fact means that on a regular basis Waiakea extracts and sells only 1% of the available amount.

Waiakea sells pure volcanic water. It gets this from Mauna Loa which is said to be the most active volcano in the world. The water is naturally filtered as it goes down the mountain. The source of the water that seeps through the volcanic hills of Hawaii and is held in the aquifers is rain, snow or moisture from the arctic winds.