International Union of Architects

International competitions commission

Drawn up jointly by UNESCO and the UIA and approved by the UNESCO General Conference, the UNESCO-UIA Regulations for International Competitions outline the conditions required to launch and run an international architectural competition, and specify the respective rights and obligations of promoters and competitors. The UIA is the sole body mandated by UNESCO to oversee the application of these rules respected and approve competitions organized according to them. Through its advisory role, the International Union of Architects guarantees the exemplariness of international competitions such as those that led to the construction of contemporary landmark buildings like the Sydney Opera House, Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Tokyo International Forum, and the Alexandria Library in Egypt.



  • 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.
  • Regina Gonthier - Switzerland
    Regina Gonthier studied architecture at the Federal Insitute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich where she teached later as an invited professor. She is a practicing architect with own office in Bern and has participated in many competitions as competitor or jury member. She is President of the Swiss Conference of Architects (CSA) and was for many years the Vice-President of the Swiss Competition Commission and Member of the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE).

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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

Tour Maine Montparnasse - B.P. 158
33, avenue du Maine
75755 PARIS Cedex 15 – France

Tel : (33.1) 45 24 36 88 -
Fax : (33.1) 45 24 02 78