International Union of Architects

Call for nominations - UNESCO/UIA Joint Committee for the World Capital of Architecture

The UIA seeks architects to serve as UIA-appointed members of the UNESCO/UIA Joint Committee for the World Capital of Architecture programme. In partnership with UNESCO, the UIA has launched this new programme to promote the role, value and power of architecture in society. The programme highlights architectural and urban design resources and the heritage of cities hosting its triennial World Congress of Architects.  By a vote of the UIA Council on 10 June 2019, based upon nominations received through the UIA vice presidents by 17 May 2019, the UIA will designate three representatives to the seven-member Joint Committee.

Duties:  The Joint Committee is scheduled to begin a pre-selection process in October 2019 for cities to host the 2026 UIA World Congress of Architects and to become the 2026 World Capital of Architecture.  The Joint Committee will review candidates for election by the UIA General Assembly, at its July 2020 session, as the venue for the 2026 World Congress of Architects and the 2026 World Capital of Architecture. The Joint Committee will also monitor plans and activities for the programme.  UIA representatives will receive full briefings on this process.

Nominee qualifications

·     Experience with public awareness programmes and exhibitions on architecture.

·     Experience with municipal governments and public and private cultural agencies.

·     Knowledge of major world capitals and global institutions in architecture.

·     Familiarity with competitions, public tenders and open assessment processes.

Eligibility: A nominee’s country of residence must be a Member Section of the UIA.  Current members of the UIA Council and Bureau are not eligible; nor are current co-directors of UIA Commissions or Work Programmes.  Members of the Joint Committee may have no affiliation with candidate cities (if a conflict of interest arises after appointment, the UIA will replace the appointee).  Expenses for travel and accommodation will be covered by UIA.

Term:  The term of appointment is for one cycle of the selection process (that is, through the UIA General Assembly in July 2020), with the opportunity for renewal.

Deadlines: Nominations from UIA Member Sections must be sent to the appropriate Vice President below by the close of business in their country of residence on Wednesday, 15 May 2019. The Vice Presidents must forward the nominations by close of business in Paris (17:00 hours) on Friday, 17 May 2019.

All UIA Member Sections are welcome to submit one nomination, and may do so through their UIA Region Vice Presidents, who will forward them to the UIA Secretariat for the 17 May 2019 deadline. Please send one-page nomination letters and a one-page candidate profile to:

Region 1: Lorenz Bräker                       

Region 2: Nikos Fintikakis                   

Region 3: Roberto Simon                     

Region 4: Jong-Ruhl Hahn                   

Region 5: Mohammed Munyanya 

General Secretariat

The UIA General Secretariat, placed under the responsibility of the Secretary General, is the Union's executive body and the administrative centre for the coordination of relations between the UIA Member Sections and their activities.

The General Secretariat assists architects and architecture students in getting into contact with professional colleagues throughout the world, from professional organisations and architectural schools to museums and media.

The General Secretariat helps architects to keep up to date with UIA activities, its partners and Member Sections.

General Secretariat of the International Union of Architects

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