International Union of Architects
Member Area
International Competitions Commission (ICC)

International competitions commission

Through its advisory role, the International Union of Architects guarantees the prestige 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.

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 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  and to approve competitions organised according to them.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Paula Huotelin - Finland
  • Pierre Sauveur - Belgium
    UIA TREASURER - An architect by training, (University of Liège - 1971) Pierre Sauveur has worked in the construction, renovation and restoration of residential, office and commercial buildings. Today he devotes his time to two non-profit associations over which he presides. He developed the quarterly review "Cahier de l'Espace Public" published in Belgium, in French and Dutch. A former president of the Royal Federation of Architects of Belgium and of the National Council of the Belgian Order of Architects, he is currently a member of the UIA Competition Commission since 2014.
  • Patrick Colombier - France
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  • Roger Schluntz - United States
  • José Luis Cortés - Mexico
    A graduate of the Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico, with post-graduate degrees in urban planning from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, Mr. Cortés is the former President of the Federation of Colleges of Architects of the Mexican Republic - FCARM (2017-2018). He has served the UIA in different capacities including Region III Vice President and Council Member. 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. A visiting professor in India, Japan and Sweden, Mr. Cortés has carried out architectural and urban planning projects for many historic city centres and has authored numerous publications on housing and urban planning. He has received official honours from the governments of Spain and Japan. Mr. Cortés fervently believes that the UIA “can and should demonstrate to society that good architecture has the potential to improve quality of life and that designing healthy, sustainable, safe, inclusive, equitable, diverse, human and beautiful cities results in happiness for all.”
  • Yuhang Kong - China
  • Paresh Kapadia - India
  • Byung Kil Bae - Korea, Republic of
  • Ramatu Aliyu - Nigeria
  • Gad Opiyo - Kenya
  • Tibor Fatyol - Hungary

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  • Seif Alnaga - Egypt
    Seif Alnaga is the CEO of an international project development consultancy and has 47 years of experience in architecture, urban planning and project management. Notable works include the design of Luxor HS hospital and planning of 3 new cities in Egypt. He has also been involved in a variety of architectural designs for public, commercial and tourism buildings as well as sports facilities Mr. Alnaga is the President of the SEA (Society of Egyptian Architects), former President and Trustee of the AUA (Africa Union of Architects). He has served the UIA in various capacities including Region V Vice President and member of the International Competitions Commission. In addition to being a recipient of several prizes and awards for architectural works, Mr. Alnaga has served as a jury member for high profile competitions including the renowned Alexandria Library in Egypt.
  • Man Yiu Ivan Ho - Hong Kong

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

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