International Union of Architects
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Elected Team - Council


Four representatives from each UIA Region are elected to serve as UIA Council Members. The UIA Council meets at least twice annually.

  • Elbay Gasim-Zada - Azerbaijan
    Elbay Gasim-Zada is President of "EL & EN Architecture and Design" Company, which he founded in 1998. Member since 1977 of the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan, he has been Chairman of the Union's Board since 2012. Vice-President of the International Academy of Architecture of the East Countries starting in 1992 and professor since 2016, he is currently Head of the Department of Architectural Design and Urban Planning at the Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction and Academician of the International Academy of Architecture (Moscow Branch). Winner of many international architecture prizes and awards and author of more than 150 projects, metro stations in Baku and the "Eternal Flame" Memorial on the Martyrs' Alley, Gasim-Zada has written scientific articles in periodical publications and published books on architecture.
    Bayramov Rizvan
  • Istelianna Atanassova - Bulgaria
    Istelianna Atanassova possesses a Master from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering & Geodesy in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has extensive experience in international relations and working with international organizations. Istelianna Atanassova is devoted to working with young architects. She has international experience in architectural design, urban and regional planning, construction, sustainability and innovation.
    Magdalina Rajeva
  • Jerzy Grochulski - Poland
    Jerzy Grochulski is a professor in the Warsaw School of Technology's architecture department. He is the director and partner of the PRO-ARTE11 architectural studio that specialises in sports facilities, schools, public and residential buildings and places of worship. He served as president of the Association of Polish Architects (SARP) from 2006-2012, Secretary General (1994-2006) and is currently Vice-President. He has acted as Co-Director of the UIA's International Competitions Commission (ICC) since 2015.
    Pawel Kobylanski
  • Nikolay Shumakov - Federation of Russia
    Nikolay Shumakov has been the President of the Union of Moscow Architects since 2012. He’s Chief Architect of the Metrogiprotrans, Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts, Professor of the International Academy of Arcitecture, Moscow Branch. He is the designer of multiple Moscow Metro stations, the famous Moscow Zhivopisny Bridge and the largest European airport complex, Terminal «А» of Vnukovo International Airport. He has held several personal exhibitions in Russia and abroad. He received several awards for the Brussels, Strasbourg and Paris international exhibitions of innovations and new technologies. He received the Auguste Perret Prize at the 26th UIA World Congress in Seoul.
  • Rim Safar Sakkal - Bolivia
    Rim Safar Sakkal, architect, has held various public offices alongside her teaching activity, the latter of which includes her role as National Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at Aquino University Bolivia (UDABOL). She is also the first female president of the College of Architects of Bolivia (CAB) and elected president of Santa Cruz College of Architecture. She was awarded the "Medal of Municipal Merit", in recognition of her career and her nomination as international Council Member of the International Union of Architects.
    Jorge Stratis Antelo
  • David Aguilar Paredes - Honduras
  • José-Luis Cortés Delgado - Mexico
    José-Luis Cortés graduated from the Institute of Technology in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1970. He obtained his Masters in Urban Planning in Copenhagen, Denmark and from the MIT-Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States. He taught urban planning at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Campus Xochimilc and at the University of Iberoamerica where he headed the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning. He was also a visiting professor in India, Japan and Sweden. José-Luis Cortés has carried out architectural and urban planning projects for many city centres in historic cities and has numerous publications on housing and urban planning. He has been officially honoured by the governments of Spain and Japan. He is the President of the Federation of Colleges of Architects of the Mexican Republic (FCARM) (2017-2018) and has been responsible for its international relations at various times.
    Sara Topelson De Grinberg
  • José-Enrique Arispe Chavez - Peru
    José-Enrique Arispe Chavez graduated from the Federico Villarreal National University with a Masters degree in Architecture and a Doctorate degree in Environment and Sustainable Development. A former Regional and National Dean of the College of Architects of Peru, he is the current president of the Architects of the Andido Group.
    Arturo Yep Abanto
  • Ishtiaque Zahir Titas - Bangladesh
    Ishtiaque Zahir Titas, Hon.FAIA, is a practicing Architect & Urban Designer from Bangladesh. He is the Co-founder of Vitti Sthapati Brindo Ltd, a leading practice in Dhaka, Bangladesh for the last 28 years. His works have received recognition locally and internationally. He did his post Graduation in Computing & Design in London. He was a Council member of IAB, Honorary Treasurer of ARCASIA, Architects Regional council for Asia and Chairman of ACPP, ARCASIA Committee on Professional Practice. He has been representing the UIA in UN-Habitat, advocating on professionals interests in the New Urban Agenda (NUA). As Co Chair PCG Professionals, GAP, on behalf of UIA, he made official statement at the 7th plenary meeting of Habitat III, in Quito, 2016. He worked as Policy UNIT expert for Habitat III conference 2016 by UN-Habitat. He is also the current Council member of UIA Region IV.
  • Zhuang Weimin - China
    Zhuang Weimin completed a PhD in Architecture from Tsinghua University in 1992. He has since become the Dean of the Tsinghua University School of Architecture. He also acts as Vice President of the Architectural Society of China and is a Member of National Accreditation Board of Architectural Education (China). He was awarded an Honorable Mention for the FIDIC Project Award in 2014 and an Honorable Mention for the ARCASIA Awards.
    Li Zhang
  • Divya Kush - India
    Divya Kush graduated in Architecture in 1976 from the University of Roorkee, India. During his four decades in the profession, he has been associated with a vast mosaic of professional involvement beginning with his training under a distinguished Prof. Raj Kumar Sahu, followed by a six-year work experience with the Master Architect Raj Rewal and finally as a practising architect in Delhi since 1982. He has also been passionately involved in academia and has served as member of The Board of Studies, Academic & Executive Councils, and Board of Governors of several institutions. Having actively served the institute in various capacities for over two decades, he is currently the President of The Indian Institute of Architects.
    Prakash Deshmukh
  • Pei Ing Tan - Malaysia
    AR. Datuk Pei Ing Tan graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture (with honours) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She was the President of the Malaysian Institute of Architects (2001-2003), Member of the Board of Architects Malaysia (2001- current), President of ARCASIA (2013-2014), member of UIA PPC (2014 – current) and Chair of sub-committee on Gender Equity in Architecture and Member of Melbourne University Asia Advisory Board. She set up her own practice, PI Architect, as a sole proprietor in 1999. Pei Ing is also honorary member of KIRA, AIA and ASA. She received the ‘The Women of Excellence Award 2014; MCEIA ‘Construction Leading Lady 2015’ award; Women’s Weekly ‘Great Women of Our Time 2016’ ; ‘Distinguished Malaysian Australian Alumni Award 2016’ and Board of Architects President’s Award 2017.
    Saifuddin Bin Ahmad
  • Tawfik El Rashidy - Egypt
    Tawfik El Rashidy graduated in architecture at the School of Fine Arts Cairo. In 1976, he joined the Saudi Ministry of Post, telephone and telegraph-MOPTT as chief architect responsible for telecommunication buildings. He became CEO of KEMET Corp. in 1980, leading projects for the MOI-Ministry of Interior, Border Guards, GEP. Since 2008, his Group has had an established specialization in BIM technology with experience in more than 1.2M sqm. Rashidy is a Bureau Member of ESA-Egyptian Society of Architects, UIA Egyptian Section.
    Mohamed H. Kamel
  • Fodé Diop - Senegal
    Fodé Diop received his architecture degree from Dakar's École d’architecture et d’urbanisme. He contributed in 1997 to a plan for safeguarding the Ile de Saint Louis in Senegal, a project which earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. He has completed over one hundred projects in Africa and has won five architecture prizes. Vice-President of the Federation of Francophone Architects of Africa (FAFA), he has been President of the Order of Architects of Senegal since 2014.
    Catherine Faye Diop
  • Jacinta Kabarungi - Uganda
    Jacinta B Kabarungi has a Bachelor of Architecture degree (BArc) from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, and a Master of Science degree in Project Management (MPM) from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA. She served as Hon. Secretary and Vice President of the Uganda Society of Architects (USA) and also as council member and Secretary General of the East Africa Institute of Architects. She is currently a member of the Architects’ Registration Board of Uganda and is also Continuous Professional Development Director on the Africa Union of Architects Council (2015-2018). Jacinta Kabarungi has worked on projects of varying scales and her passion for the profession is in her belief that architecture should be positively impactful thus leading to an improved socio-economic culture specific to each locale. She is currently the Principal Architect of ProArch & Plan Ltd, a Kampala-Uganda based firm.
    Robert Henry Kiggundu
  • Kevin Bingham - South Africa
    Kevin Bingham is a past President of the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA). He is the former President of the KZN Region of SAIA, with this region hosting the UIA2014 Congress during his presidency. He has served on SAIA committees since 1992. Kevin was elected to the SAIA National Board in 2012, and has served as the chairperson on numerous committees and trusts in education, architecture, interior design and yachting, at local, regional and national levels. He is a director of the award winning FGG Architects Inc., developing local and international projects. He is an honorary senior lecturer in Architecture and has lectured in both Architecture and Interior Design in South Africa, Australia, and the UK. He has recently been researching health risks in Public Health Facilities under a Fogarty Research Fellowship (USA).
    Maryke Jacqueline Cronje
  • Natalie Mossin - Denmark
    Natalie Mossin specialises in the interaction between architecture, building technology and society. As Head of the Department of Building Arts and Technology at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, former Chairman of the Danish Association of Architects and a Council Member of the UIA, Natalie is a leading voice in setting the agenda for sustainable development at both a strategic and political level.
    Annette BLEGVAD
    Katarina O Cofaigh
  • Josep Maria Llop Torné - Spain
    Josep Maria Llop Torné is the director of the UIA-CIMES Work program and the UNESCO UdL Chair. He is an architect and urban planner, whose previous experience includes PGM Metropolitan Plan Barcelona and his role as Director of Urbanism for Lleida and Director of Barcelona's Urbanism project for the 1992 Olympic Games. He has won various prizes over the course of his career, including the Spanish Prize for Urbanism for the “Pla Especial del Canyeret”, First Prize for Catalonian Urbanism, Urban Plan of Lleida SCOT (Catalan Society of Territory), and the 2010 Medal of Honor for Urbanism (COAC - Official College of Catalonian Architects, Barcelona).
    Angela Baldellou
  • Peter Oborn - United Kingdom
    Peter Oborn is an architect with considerable experience working internationally. He is Chair of the Royal Institute of British Architects ‘Ethics and Sustainable Development Commission’ and Vice President of the Commonwealth Architects Association. In 2016, Peter became inaugural Chair of the ‘UK Built Environment Advisory Group’, the aim of which is to provide a more effective conduit for the transfer of built environment expertise to a range of humanitarian and development partners together with foreign governments. He is also a Steering Group member on the Global Alliance for Urban Crises.
    Roger Shrimplin
  • Oana Bogdan - Belgium
    Oana Bogdan is a founding partner of BOGDAN & VAN BROECK, where she oversees the overall strategy of the practice and is closely involved in the genesis of all designs. A winner of Europan 7, former member of the Flemish Culture Prize 2007 Jury, the Unesco Experts Committee for the City of Bruges, the Advisory Committee for Architecture and Design of the Flemish Government and the Royal Committee for Monuments and Landscapes of the Flemish Region, former of Secretary of State for cultural heritage in Romania, she was the co-founder of the Romanian political party PLUS – European political group “Renew Europe” – and is a member of the Executive Board of the cultural platform A+ Architecture in Belgium.
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