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.

  • Fani VAVILI-TSINIKA - Greece
    Fani Vavili-Tsinika graduated from the School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with a Master of Arts in Health Facility Planning, Metropolitan University of London and a Ph.D. from the School of Architecture A.U.Th. She is practicing and teaching architectural design. Her work includes healthcare facilities planning & design and has published many articles, research results and other publications. Among them are the following books: designing for the elderly, designing for mental health, aspects of healing environments (ed) & Arts in health Care Buildings (ed), ‘Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Design in Hospital Buildings’ at ‘Energy Efficiency in Building Design’, Ed. Dabidja, A., Springer publ. (chapter), 2019 • ‘DISCUSSING Vernacular / Traditional / Rural sttlements’ CSAU-Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Enisala Safari Village, Romania, (2019), et al. • President of the UIA Greek Section • Member of UIA-PHG
    Kyriakos PIPINIS
  • Ruta LEITANAITE - Lithuania
    Ruta Leitanaite has worked at several architectural offices and has experience as an architecture critic. She joined the Bureau of Architects Association of Lithuania as a Creative director in 2008 and was later elected President in 2017 and in 2020. Ms. Leitanaite is an architecture policy maker at national level; she has organised various architectural cultural and educational events including architecture exhibitions, lectures, workshops, seminars, architectural competitions. Ruta is a member of the National Council for Architecture of Lithuania (since 2020). She is the host and author of a local radio-programme “We need an architect". She is also the President of Baltic Architects Unions
    Juris POGA
  • Aysen CIRAVOGLU - Turkey
    Ayşen Ciravoğlu is a full time Professor enrolled in research and educational activities at both graduate and undergraduate level in the architectural education, sustainable architecture, architectural design, environmental issues. She is also an architectural critic at the ıldız Technical University Faculty of Architecture. Ms. Ciravoglu is a member of the executive board of CAT (Chamber of Architects of Turkey) and MİAK (Architectural Accrediting Board of Turkey). She is the editor of MEGARON, an e- journal of Yıldız Technical University Faculty of Architecture and is in editorial board of both Mimarlık and journals issued by Chamber of Architects of Turkey. She had been member of executive boards of MİMED (Association for Architectural Education), MİV( Foundation for Architecture), Istanbul Branch of the Chamber of Architects of Turkey and ICUS (International Centre for Urban Studies). Ms. Ciravoğlu won EAAE (European Association for Architectural Education) Prize in 2002 with her article entitled “On Formal and Informal Studies in Architectural Design Education”.
    Akis TONGUÇ
  • Bohdan LISOWSKI - Poland
    Grzegorz STIASNY
  • Rim SAFAR SAKKAL - Bolivia, Plurinational State of
    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.
  • Antonio Carlos MORAES de CASTRO - Brazil
  • Augusto Xavier BALLEN REY - Colombia
    Architect since 1997, with a specialisation in corporate management from the Industrial University of Santander. In 2002 together with his father Architect Marco A. Ballen founded his own design studio, Ballen arquitectos S.A.S., where since 2008 he served as director of Architecture and Urbanism projects until occupying the general management of the design studio, a position in which he currently serves. In 2010 he was elected regional procurator in the Colombian Society of Architects, where after 4 years he was elected president of the regional Santander, until 2019, year in which he was elected National Vice President, until 2023. In UIA since 2017 he is a member of the Public Health Work Programme.
    Flavio Henrique ROMERO FRIERI
  • David Ignatio ROJAS ESCARREGA - Mexico
    David Ignacio Rojas graduated in Architecture from the UNAM 1989-1994. He is a Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Occidente Unidad Regional Guasave and has extensive experience in residential architecture President of the College of Architects of Guasave AC, International Advisor of the Federation of Architects of the Mexican Republic FCARM, Vice President of Region V of FCARM, Representative to the Pan American Federation of Architects Association FPAA for FCARM 2019-2020, Co-Vice President of the Northern Region of FPAA (Canada, United States and Mexico) He speaks Spanish, English, French and Italian,
    Marco Antonio VERGARA VASQUEZ
  • ZHANG LI - China
    Zhang Li is the Dean / Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture, Vice Principal in THADI, Tsinghua University, China. He also leads the award-winning design studio Atelier TeamMinus in Beijing. He is a currently a standing board member of the Architectural Society of China, a Region IV Alternate of UIA, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese magazine World Architecture. Zhang Li is the founder and main advocator of Urban Ergonomics, an inter-disciplinary domain focusing on human body and space, and the design of active urban spaces. His design works cover a wide range of scales, from urban designs, buildings to microcosm interventions. He is currently the Architect-in-Chief of Zhangjiakou Zone, and Shougang Big Air, both for Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Moreover, he is the curator of China Pavilion in Venice Architecture Biennale 2020[2021].
  • Richard KIRK - Australia
    Born 1967 in Roma, Queensland, Mr. Kirk has directed his medium-sized practice since 1995 with multiple studios in Australia and South-East Asia. The practice’s work is mainly in the institutional and community sector, focusing on advancing sustainable design through each project. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland and a Board Member for South Bank Corporation. For the last six years (2015-2020), he has been in several leadership roles within the Australian Institute of Architects as Queensland Chapter President and National President. While in those roles, he assisted in the governance transformation of the Institute to a contemporary corporate structure and assisted in writing the new constitution. Whilst National President, he also advocated for the Institute to remain an active member of the UIA.
    Joshua MORIN
  • Debatosh SAHU - India
    Debatosh Sahu is Principal Architect and Partner of Espace, an architectural consultancy house practicing for more than 25 years in India and abroad and being rated as one of the leading Architects in Eastern India. A recipient of several awards, Ar Debatosh is active in IIA, ARCASIA and UIA. Mr. Sahu is the immediate Past Chairman of ARCASIA Committee for Green and Sustainable Architecture. (ACGSA). He is the Past Chairman of West Bengal Chapter of IIA and present Council Member of IIA and Chair of Green and Sustainability Committee of IIA. He strongly believes that UIA is the only organisation which can address climate change, problems of rapid urbanisation, affordable housing, various issues of sustainable development goals simultaneously.
    C.R. RAJU
  • Anju Malla PRADHAN - Nepal
    Anju Pradhan is the Immediate Past President of the Society of Nepalese Architects (SONA) and the First Woman President to lead the organisation (2019 to 2021). She started “Women in architecture” forum and organised a National Conference in December 2019. She also served as the organisation’s Vice President (2017-2019) and Chairperson of SONA Sub Committee on Professional Practice (2014 -2017). Ms. Pradhan has volunteered in post-earthquake reconstruction works and has been an advocate for heritage issues. She was Chairperson of Blue Coffee Company & Editor of PRAXIS magazine focused on Art Architecture & Environment and juror for various national/international design competitions. With several papers, presentations and publications to her credit, she is currently a team member of Independent Monitoring and Verification of health infrastructure in Nepal DAI (Development Alternatives Inc.) for DFID, NHSSP (Nepal health sector support program).
    Abhishek Mananda BAJRACHARYA
  • Vity Claude NSALAMBI - Angola
    Vity Claude Nsalambi is a graduate with honours and distinction from the UAN (University Agostinho Neto) in Angola, Studio Teacher, Lecturer and practising Architect in Angola (Office in Luanda - TOUCHÉ, LDA). He is also the Chairperson of Education Commission South & Continental Region of AUA (African Union of Architects) since 2018, Steering Committee Member of EDUCOM (Education Commission) - UNESCO-UIA since 2014, Member of the Education, CPD and Awards Commission - CIALP ("Conselho Internacional de Arquitectos de Língua Portuguesa") since 2018 and Vowel & Coordinator (Scientific issues) of the Angolan Institute of Architects - OA ("Ordem dos Arquitectos de Angola") since 2013. Mr. Nsalambi is committed to social inclusion matters and lead the work group for the Angolan Accessibility Law which was approved in 2016. As a world Citizen, communicating in five different languages, he believes that is possible to change the world in a balanced way through the education, in fully respect of the nature, with the objective of contributing positively, improving the quality of people life.
    Adelio CHITECULO
  • Jacinta Kabarungi - Uganda
  • Mugure NJENDU - Kenya
    Mugure Njendu is an Architect and Urban Planner. She is the Immediate Past President of the Architectural Association of Kenya and is on the UIA Women in Architecture Committee. Mugure has over the last 10 years, progressively participated in leadership in the Built Environment not only in Kenya, but regionally. She has served in leadership at the Architectural Association of Kenya and as the Chair of the Ethics and Practice Board at the East African Institute of Architects. She is a Board Member of the Kenya Green Building Council, a member of the World Green Building Council. Mugure is an EDGE Expert (a green building Standard) and a graduate of the Greentech Entrepreneur Business Programme focused on sustainable solutions towards Climate Action. She is a STEM Advocate. She has a wide understanding of matters affecting the Built Environment around education, research, policy, legislation and advocacy in the East African region.
    Wilson MUGAMBI
  • Mohamed Sahby GORGI - Tunisia
    Rim ZAABAR
  • Regina GONTHIER - Switzerland
    Regina Gonthier is a practicing architect and co-owner with her husband of their office in Bern. She has been visiting professor of architecture at the ETHZ and member of expert councils for architecture and urban planning of several Swiss cities. She has participated at numerous competitions as competitor or jury member. As Vice-President of the Swiss Competition Commission, she was the Chair for the last revision of the Swiss Competition Regulations (SIA 142) and member of the ACE Work Group ADC+PP. Currently, she is the President of the Swiss Conference of Architects (CSA), Swiss Delegate at the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) and Co-director of the ICC.
    Doris WÄLCHLI
  • Eric WIRTH - France
    Eric Wirth is a French architect who graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries de Strasbourg (ENSAIS) in 1983. From 1984 to 1986, he worked for the French Polynesia Territorial Planning Department, where he assisted the local population in the cyclone-resistant construction of their houses. He returned to France in 1986, where he set up his agency in Bordeaux. His activity mainly concerns the construction or renovation of all public buildings, especially schools, be they nursery schools, primary schools, secondary schools or university and research premises. Mr. Wirth has won numerous architectural competitions and has been involved in the profession and architecture since 2010, when he was elected to the Conseil Régional de l'Ordre des Architectes d'Aquitaine and was its president from 2013 to 2017. That same year, he joined the Conseil National de l’Ordre des Architectes (CNOA) as Vice-President until 2021 and remains a member of CNOA
    Lionel DUNET
  • Teresa TABOAS VELEIRO - Spain
    Teresa Taboas is a practicing architect, teacher and the author of several books on architecture. In addition to her professional activity in her own practice "Teresa Táboas Estudio de Arquitectura", she has held several public positions in the Galician government. She was the first woman to be elected President of the Galician Order of Architects (COAG) in 2003 and has been a member of the Spanish Higher Council of Architects (CSCAE) since 2005. She is a member of the "Urban Issues" and "Architecture and Sustainable Environment" Commissions of the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE) and since 2005 she has been co-leading the Working Group on Social Housing. Ms. Taboas has been an honorary member of the Federation of Associations of Architects of the Mexican Republic (FCARM) since 2018.
    Angela Baldellou
  • Carmela CANNARELLA - Italy
    Carmela Lilia Cannarella, graduated with honors in Architecture from the Faculty of Mediterrenean Studies of Reggio Calabria. She is a practicing architect specialising in the field of restoration and conservation of cultural and architectural heritage. A member of the National Council of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservationists of Italy – CNAPPC (2021-2027), she coordinates the Urban Agenda and European Policies Department, through which she intends to encourage a growing participation of Architects in Cohesion Policies and for development integrated and sustainable cities. She coordinates the CNAPPC project "Living the Country, a culture of demand", a territorial co-planning action that involves architects, teachers, children and teenagers from all Italian regions, on the issues of the quality of the built environment and environmental sustainability. She has served as treasurer of the Board the Mediterranean Union of Architects (UMAR) since 2018.
    Diego ZOPPI
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