International Union of Architects


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 posses a Master degree from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering & Geodesy in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has extensive experience in international relations and works with international organizations. She possesses strong organizational and management skills and is devoted to working with young architects. She has extensive 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 a 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 served as Co-Director of the UIA's International Competitions Commission (ICC) since 2015.
    Pawel Kobylanski
  • Nikolay Shumakov - Federation of Russia
    Nikolay Shumakov is 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 author of many Moscow Metro stations and the first in Moscow famous cable-stayed Zhivopisny Bridge and the largest in Europe airport complex Terminal «А» of Vnukovo International Airport with an underground railway terminal and an underground section of the railway. He has held several personal exhibitions of painting in Russia and abroad. He received several awards of the Brussels, Strasbourg and Paris international exhibitions of innovations and new technologies. He received the Auguste Perret Prize in the 26th UIA World Congress in Seoul.
    Yaroslav Usov
  • Rim Safar Sakkal - Bolivia
    Jorge Stratis Antelo
  • David Aguilar Paredes - Honduras
  • José-Luis Cortés Delgado - Mexico
    Sara Topelson De Grinberg
  • José-Enrique Arispe Chavez - Peru
    Arturo Yep Abanto
  • Ishtiaque Zahir Titas - Bangladesh
    Ishtiaque Zahir, FAIA, is a practicing Architect & Urban Designer from Bangladesh. He is the co-founder of Vitti Sthapati Brindo Ltd, a leading practice in Dhaka for the last 26 years. He did his post Graduation in Computing & Design in UK. He was a council member of IAB, Honorary Treasurer of ARCASIA, and Chairman of 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 he made official statement in the 7th plenary meeting of Habitat III, in Quito, 2016. He worked as Policy UNIT expert for UN Habitat.
    Ehsan Khan
  • Zhuang Weimin - China
    Zhuang Weimin got Ph.D. Degree in Architecture, Tsinghua University in 1992. Now he is Dean/Professor of School of Architecture in Tsinghua University. He also serve as Vice President of Architectural Society of China and a Member of National Accreditation Board of Architectural Education (China). He was awarded FIDIC Project Award of 2014 Honorable Mention and ARCASIA Awards of Honorable Mention.
    Li Zhang
  • Divya Kush - India
    Divya Kush graduated in Architecture in 1976 from the University of Roorkee, India.During his more than 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 with a six year work experience with the Master Architect Raj Rewal and finally as a practising architect at Delhi since 1982. He has also been passionately involved in academic affairs & has served as member of The Board of Studies, Academic & Executive Councils & Board of Governors of several institutions. Having actively served the institute in various capacities for over two decades, he is presently the President of The Indian Institute of Architects.
    Desmuskh Prakash
  • Pei Ing Tan - Malaysia
    AR. Datuk TAN Pei Ing 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 since 1999. Pei Ing is also honorary member of KIRA, AIA and ASA. She is recipient of ‘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, responsible of projects for the MOI-Ministry of Interior, Border Guards, GEP. Since 2008, his Group has an established specialization in BIM technology with experience in more than 1.2M sqm. Bureau Member of ESA-Egyptian Society of Architects, UIA Egyptian Section.
    Mohamed H. Kamel
  • Fodé Diop - Senegal
    Fodé Diop received his architectural 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 placement on the UNESCO World Heritage List. He has constructed more than 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 the Immediate 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 full-time in both Architecture and Interior Design in South Africa, Australia, and in the UK, between 1997 and 2007. He has recently been researching health risks in Public Health Facilities under a Fogarty Research Fellowship (USA).
    Maryke Jacqueline Cronje
  • Pierre Sauveur - Belgium
    Sylvie Bruyninckx
  • Nathalie Mossin - Nordic Countries
    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, 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 Blegvab
    Katarina O Cofaigh
  • Josep Maria Llop I Torné - Spain
    Josep Maria Llop Torné is an architect Urban Planner-ETSAB - UPC Barcelona (1974). Team Member of PGM Metropolitan Plan Barcelona (1973-1978). Director of Urbanism Lleida and Director of Barcelona's Urbanism - Olympic Games 1992. Prize of Urbanism in Spain for the “Pla Especial del Canyeret” in Lleida-Ministerio de España, 1986. First Prize Catalonia Urbanism, Urban Plan of Lleida SCOT (Catalan Society of Territory) 1999. Honour Medal 2010 Urbanism (COAC - Official College of Catalonian Architects, Barcelona). He is also Director UNESCO UdL CHAIR (2008-2019) "Intermediate cities–Urbanization and Development”.
    Verónica Chaparro Sornosa
  • Peter Oborn - United Kingdom
    Peter Oborn is an architect with considerable experience of working internationally. He is Chair of the Royal Institute of British Architects ‘Ethics and Sustainable Development Commission’ and Vice President at 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
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