International Union of Architects

UIA Poster Competition Winners: Ana Rute Costa & Rúben Ferreira Duarte

Design ID No. 575 by Ana Rute Costa & Rúben Ferreira Duarte (Portugal)

The jury, consisting of Michael Beirut (USA), Sulki & Min (South Korea) and Trix Barmettler (Switzerland), wrote: “We like the simple message – the earth as a home, cherished by the sun. It immediately makes us feel better.” Your poster, the jury stated, conveys the “simplest, most powerful message. The world is our home, we make our homes in the world, and architecture is the means which we mediate our inhabitation.” 

Evoking Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and a “magical hint,” the jury appreciated the childlike execution and narrative hand drawing, which “achieves the comforting effect with childlike painting.” For one juror, yours was the poster that made them think: “Oh, I wish I would have had that idea.” 


Second Place: Poster No. 2 by Mattia Salvà

3rd Place: No. 527 by Davide Folador

Honourable Mention: No. 525 by Reena L. (Hong Kong).

World Architecture Day 2018

AUA Conference and General Assembly (Africa Union of Architects)

A'18 - AIA Conference on Architecture 2018

American Institute of Architects

Architecture Deans Summit

2018 ACSA/COAM International Conference Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (USA) College of Architects of Madrid (COAM)

Annual RAIC Festival of Architecture (Royal Architecture Institute of Canada)

Venice Biennale Preview

XIV International Professional Architecture Biennale 2018 & VIII International Student Biennale for Architecture 2018

College of Architects of Costa Rica

Balkan Architecture Forum (BAF)

A precious opportunity for architects and their colleagues in related fields to explore and discuss from an architectural and urban planning perspective the imminent entry of the Western Balkan countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, FYR of Macedonia, and Serbia – into the European Union.

Annual Session of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA)

World Urban Forum - WUF 9

Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda

Join the World Urban Forum 9!

The 9th World Urban Forum (WUF9) will take place from 7 to 13 February 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Denis Dessus, New President of the Order of Architects (France)

Denis Dessus, DPLG architect, formerly Vice President of the CNOA (National Council of Architects - France), has been elected President.

ACE Elections 2018-2019: New Bureau for the Council of Architects of Europe (ACE)

The Council of Architects of Europe (ACE) elected Georg Pendl (Austria) President.

38th International seminar of the UIA-Public Health Group

Paris Healthcare Week will host the 38th annual international seminar of the UIA within the Congress of the Public Health Group (PHG).

Canada: Registrations Open for the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (IRAC) and the Canada Council for the Arts (CAC) invite architects have opened registration for architects in the 2018 Edition.

A Journey with Vassilis Sgoutas and the Architects of the World

UIA Past President Vassilis Sgoutas discussed his book at the Irish Architectural Archive in Dublin in November 2017.

The Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB) has a new President

Architect and city planner Nivaldo Vieira de Andrade Júnior was elected President of the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB) for the triennial period, 2017-2020. He succeeds Sérgio Magalhães.

A new UIA Commission on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Following the International Union of Architects (UIA) General Assembly in Seoul in September 2017, where a motion was tabled, a new permanent UIA Commission has been established to deal with the questions of sustainability.


Following Durban 2014, we now turn to the next world congress of architects—in Seoul, South Korea, in late summer 2017

Bespoke Access Awards 2017/18 – Celia Thomas Prize

The 2nd Bespoke Access Awards for original ideas to drive better design to improve hotel experiences for disabled and able-bodied guests is open to all applicants. 

Architects and UNESCO to name “World Capital of Architecture”

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has approved a new initiative launched by the International Union of Architects (UIA), to designate the city chosen for the UIA World Congress of Architects as “The World Capital of Architecture.”

The 2nd National Conference on Architecture and Urbanism

The 2nd National Conference on Architecture and Urbanism took place in Rio de Janeiro from October 7 / 10 October 2017

WAD 2017 : Statement from UIA President Thomas Vonier

The President of the International Union of Architects (UIA) Thomas Vonier has issued a declaration on the occasion of World Architecture Day (WAD) 2017.

UIA 2017 : A General Assembly

Renewal and Celebration at the 27th UIA General Assembly in Seoul (7 to 10 September 2017): New President, new Bureau, new admissions… there is a bright future ahead for the UIA

More 10,000 participants in Seoul for the UIA Congress!

Great numbers for the UIA Congress in Seoul, 3-10 September 2017

Solidarity with Mexico: A message from UIA President

The International Union of Architects has followed closely and with great concern the series of earthquakes that have occurred in your beloved country, causing extensive loss of human life and substantial property damage.

Thomas Vonier, New President of the UIA

American architect Thomas Vonier has been elected UIA President by the UIA General Assembly, which took place in Seoul, Korea, from 7 to 10 September 2017.


The International Union of Architects (UIA) representing more than 1 million architects worldwide, announces the theme of the World Architecture Day 2017 “Climate Change Action!”

2017 UIA Gold Medal & Prizes: Winners

The UIA Bureau has decided upon the winners of the 2017 UIA Gold Medal and Prizes.

Celebrate the achievements of women in architecture

On 5 July 2017, the RIBA is celebrating the architecture pioneer Ethel Charles on #EthelDay – a day of international social media campaigning to recognise the achievements of women in architecture.

The UIA supports the AIA declaration on Landmark Paris Agreement

Esa Mohamed, President of the UIA, the only global organisation representing architects, supports the AIA declaration on Landmark Paris Agreement

The UIA supports our American colleagues who stand up in courageous defense of our global profession

Where architects stand: the AIA reaffirms its values in these times of changes with immigration and visa restrictions.

The Khartoum Declaration on Gender Equity in Architecture

Drafted by Pei Ing TAN (Malaysia), the Khartoum Declaration on Gender Equity in Architecture was adopted by the members of the UIA Professional Practice Commission (PPC), during its meeting held in Khartoum, Sudan, on 16-17 February 2017, and the 130th UIA Council session, Seoul (Korea) on 3-4 March 2017.

Lebanese Architect Awards in Beirut

UIA Treasurer Fabian Llisterri and former (2011-2014) UIA Secretary General Michel Barmaki were present at the Biel Exhibition Center in Beirut for the opening of the Lebanese Architect Awards Festival on Thursday 16 February 2017…

Success for the International Conference on Architecture and Climate Change

More than 400 participants attending the daylong conference at the Palais de Congress, Marrakech on 7th November 2016.

J.R. Bhalla 1922-2016

UIA deeply regrets to inform that UIA Past President, Jai Rattan Bhalla passed away “suddenly and peacefully," last 31 December, and presents its sincere condolences to the UIA Indian Section as well as to his Family and Colleagues.

20th anniversary of the UNESCO-UIA Charter for Educational Education

The UIA Education Commission met in Paris on 24 and 25 October 2016. Alongside the working meetings, a reception took place in the UIA Secretariat’s headquarters in Paris to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO-UIA Charter for Educational Education.

International Seminar in Tel-Aviv : "City School"

The "Israel Association of United Architects" and the UIA working programme - "Educational and Cultural Spaces" organise an International Seminar in Tel-Aviv on the main subject: "City School", including lectures & tours.

COP 22 - Architecture and Climate Change: Climate of the Future, Part 2

On the occasion of COP 22 taking place in Marrakech from 7 to 8 November, the National Council of the Order of Architects of Morocco, is organising with the support of the International Union of Architects (UIA) an international Conference with on the subject: "Architecture and Climate Change: Climate of the Future, Part 2."

Successful UIA Side Event in Quito for Habitat III

The UIA organized a Side Event in Quito for the Habitat III UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.

General Secretariat

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