International Union of Architects

Professional practice commission

The Professional Practice Commission is the author and proponent of sustaining and implementing “The UIA Accord on International Standards of Professionalism in Architectural Practice” (the “Accord”) Adopted by the UIA General Assembly in Beijing, China in 1999, the “Accord” contains 18 policy statements and 14 fully developed guidelines regarding those policies. The commission continuously reviews the current relevance of the standards of practice, and develops new documents that are reviewed and adopted by the UIA Council on a regular basis. The updated document is adopted by the UIA General Assembly at the conclusion of each Triennium. The Accord is intended to guide member section professionals, governments and lawmakers in the promotion of the global mobility of architects.



  • James Wright - USA
    James Wright is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a founding member and current Immediate Past President of the AIA International Region. He led the AIA delegation to the 2017 UIA Assembly in Seoul, and currently serves as UIA Professional Practice Commission Co-Director. Over his career, Wright has led the design and project management of over US$5 billion of building construction and has conducted innumerable planning and feasibility studies in over 40 countries spanning every continent except Antarctica.
  • 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.

Sterring comitee

  • Lorenz Bräker - Switzerland
  • Sylvie Bruyninckx - Belgium


  • José-Enrique Arispe Chavez - Peru

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