International Union of Architects
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Education Commission

Architectural education commission

The UIA Education Commission acts as a think-tank for architectural education policy, proposing guidelines, documents, proposals and opinions related to education. The aim is to facilitate access to high quality education globally, focusing on increasing the international mobility of architectural education.

The UNESCO-UIA Study Programme Validation aims to set an international standard for excellence in architectural education, ensuring the prestige and integrity of validated schools. 

The UNESCO-UIA Charter on Architectural Education, published in 1996, lays out a series of guidelines aimed at ensuring that young architects receive an education that fully prepares them to meet the professional, social and cultural challenges of the globalised profession. The Charter acts as the basis for the UNESCO-UIA Study Programme Validation.


UNESCO-UIA architectural study programme validation

The recognition of architecture study programs by the UNESCO-UIA Validation represents an internationally benchmarked assessment of quality in architectural education. Assessment is carried out through a process of robust, unbiased, evidenced-based peer review. The UNESCO-UIA Validation advances the creation of a global network of recognized architecture programs, putting certified institutions and their students at a great advantage.  


In its role as keeper and advocate of the UNESCO-UIA Charter for Architectural Education, UNESCO-UIA maintains a significant overview of the Canberra Accord, a global system for recognizing the substantial equivalence of validation systems. The Charter is reviewed every 6 years by the UIA Education Commission. The Royal Institute of British Architects [RIBA] acts as the system operator of the UNESCO-UIA Validation System. 


The advantages of UNESCO-UIA validation

1.     Validation of architecture study programmes by UNESCO-UIA is defined according to benchmarks for quality in architecture education, and lies at the heart of the UIA’s ethos; the longevity and international reach of the organisation (and variety of schools/countries recognised by the UIA) is proof that those benchmarks are respected and credible.

2.     UNESCO-UIA validation provides evidence of robust peer group review of programmes in architecture by distinguished and highly experienced practitioners, academics, and students/graduates of architecture; report groups are formed from individuals with a broad constituency of interests, expertise, and background working to defined procedures and acting in an entirely unpartisan manner.

3.     The 16 criteria used for validation include the 11 points of the European Directive for Architects; these form the basis for other well-established validation systems working internationally, including those of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Commonwealth Association of Architects.

4.     However, the additional 5 validation criteria used by UNESCO-UIA form a further level of interrogation of academic standards and learning outcomes, and include consideration of heritage, conservation, as well as attitudes to the development of resource efficient and sustainable architecture.

5.     UNESCO-UIA validation is an evidence-based process, i.e. the work produced by students of architecture provides the key items from which a report group develops its recommendations; it is this evidence-based approach that places students and their work at the centre of UNESCO-UIA validation.

6.     UNESCO-UIA validation contributes to the creation of a global network of schools of architecture, and their staff and students.

7.     UNESCO-UIA has a significant overview of the Canberra Accord, the global system for recognising substantial equivalence of validation systems.


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Reference documents
UNESCO-UIA Charter for Architectural Education (Bulgarian edition)
UNESCO-UIA Charter for Architectural Education (Romanian edition)
UNESCO-UIA Charter for Architectural Education (Korean edition)
Activity Report 2020: Education Commission
UIA Award for Innovation in Architectural Education
UNESCO-UIA Charter for Architectural Education (Portuguese edition)
UNESCO-UIA Charter for Architectural Education (French edition)
UNESCO-UIA Charter for Architectural Education (Ukranian edition)
UNESCO-UIA Charter for Architectural Education (revised English edition 2017)
The UNESCO-UIA Validation System Procedures Manual for Study Programmes and Systems

  • Magda Mostafa - Egypt
    Magda Mostafa is Associate Chair of the Architecture Department at the American University in Cairo and Design Associate at Progressive Architects, Cairo. She is specialized in design for autism and is the author of the Autism ASPECTSS™ design guidelines, winner of the UIA International Research Award in 2014. She designs globally and has shaped autism projects in Europe, the US, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Her most recent research is on the Juxtopolis© Pedagogy, a studio based research/design methodology which was recently featured in Columbia University's "The Arab City: Architecture and Representation".
  • Marilys Nepomechie - United States
    Marilys Nepomechie is an architect, Professor of Architecture, and Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives at Florida International University. Her professional and academic projects –focused on urban resilience and on the design of sustainable, affordable housing and infrastructure– are included in the archives of the U.S. National Building Museum. They have been honored with over 40 design and research awards, national and international exhibitions, and wide publication. The National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam; as well as the Andrew W. Mellon, Graham, CINTAS and American Architecture Foundations have all supported her research and creative work. Marilys is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a distinguished Professor of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture-ACSA.

  • Béatrice Laville - France
  • Ivan Danov - Bulgaria
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  • Pedro da Luz Moreira - Brazil
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  • Nobuaki Furuya - Japan
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  • 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.
  • Tokunbo Omisore - Nigeria
    A graduate of Thames College of Architecture in London, Tokunbo Omisore is the CEO of a Nigeria based firm that engages in the design and building of affordable developments as well as commercial buildings, hospitals and hotels. He is the former Secretary General and President of the Africa Union of Architects. Mr. Omisore holds several honours and is a chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Hon. Member of the American Institute of Architects and Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects.
  • Jean-Jacques Kotto - Cameroon
  • José Manuel Pedreirinho - Portugal

  • Sabina Hajiyeva - Azerbaijan
  • Vladimir Slapeta - Czech Republic
  • Bálint Bachmann - Hungary
  • Deniz Incedayi - Turkey
  • Olena Oliynyk - Ukraine
  • Wu Jiang - China
  • Zhang Tong - China
  • Ching So - Hong Kong
  • Alok Ranjan - India
  • Yong-Seung Kim - Korea, Republic of
  • Mohd Zulhemlee An - Malaysia
  • Sriram Bhagut Mathe - Nepal
  • Ashraf Salama - Egypt
  • Susan Kibue - Kenya
  • Henry M.L. Mwoleka - Tanzania, United Republic of
  • Divya Kush - India
  • Michel Procès - Belgium
  • Fabian Farfan - Bolivia, Plurinational State of
  • Michel Proces - Belgium

  • MARKHI - Moscow Institute of Architecture Moscow - Russian Federation
    Validated: 2017-2022

    Bachelor in Architecture (5 years full time)
    Master in Architecture (7 years full time)
  • American University in Cairo, BSc in Architectural Engineering Cairo - Egypt
    Validated : 
2014 – 2019

    Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineeering (5 years full time)
  • University of Cairo, BSc Architectural Engineering and Technology Cairo - Egypt
    Validated: 2016-2019

    Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and Technology (AET)
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona School of Architecture (ESTAB) Barcelona - Spain
    Validated: 2017-2022

    Bachelor in architecture (5 years full time, GArqEtsaB: Grau en Estudis d'Arquitectura)
    Master in architecture (1 year full time, MArqEtsaB: Master Habilitante Arquitectura)
  • Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul - Turkey
    Validated: 2017-2022

    Combined Bachelor in architecture (4 years full time)
    Master in Architecture (2 years full time)
  • Ural State University of of Architecture and Art Yekaterinburg - Russian Federation
    Validated: 2017-2022

    Bachelor in Architecture
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Montpellier (ENSAM) Montpellier - France
    Validated: 2014-2019

    Bachelor in architecture (DEEA)
    Bachelor & Diploma for state architects (ADE)
    Master in architecture

    + ENSAM branch on Reunion Island
  • Ajman University, College of Architecture, Art and Design Ajman - United Arab Emirates
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture (ENSAM) La Réunion (BSc 3 years followed by Montpellier campus MSc 2 years) Le Port - France
  • University of Cairo, BSc Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Cairo - Egypt
  • Münster University of Applied Sciences Munster - Germany
    Validated from 2020 to 2025
    Combined Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture (6 semesters, full time) and Master in Architecture (4 semesters, full time)

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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