International Union of Architects

Sustainable Development Goals Commission

In this era of population shifts, climate change and unprecedented levels of urbanisation, architects have an important role in responding to the complex challenges of the built environment. Through the effective planning, construction, development, management and improvement of cities, urbanisation can become a model for sustainable development - embracing the intrinsic link between the built environment and job creation, livelihood opportunities, and quality of life.

The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals are part of a new sustainable development agenda, providing a framework for the goals and setting specific targets for alleviating poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all.  

With its unique position of global representation, the Union of International Architects is well positioned to create a bridge between this UN agenda and the practical activities of architects around the world. The UIA Commission will respond directly to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, raising awareness, creating knowledge, facilitating communication and disseminating information across its global network of members. In doing so, the Commission aims to ensure that architects are not just responsive to the new agenda for Sustainable Development, but prescriptive in its implementation and evolution.

The Co-Directors are Natalie Mossin (Nordic Section) and Ishtiaque Zahir Titas (Bangladesh).



  • Ishtiaque Zahir Titas - Bangladesh
    Ishtiaque Zahir, FAIA, is a practicing Architect & Urban Designer from Bangladesh. He is the co-founder of Vitti Sthapati Brindo Ltd, a leading practice in Dhaka for the last 26 years. He did his post Graduation in Computing & Design in UK. He was a council member of IAB, Honorary Treasurer of ARCASIA, and Chairman of ARCASIA Committee on Professional Practice. He has been representing the UIA in UN Habitat advocating on professionals interests in the New Urban Agenda (NUA). As Co Chair PCG Professionals, GAP he made official statement in the 7th plenary meeting of Habitat III, in Quito, 2016. He worked as Policy UNIT expert for UN Habitat.
  • Nathalie Mossin - Nordic Countries
    Natalie Mossin specialises in the interaction between architecture, building technology and society. As Head of the Department of Building Arts and Technology at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Chairman of the Danish Association of Architects and a Council Member of the UIA, Natalie is a leading voice in setting the agenda for sustainable development at both a strategic and political level.

Sterring comitee


WAD 2017: Statement by UIA President Thomas Vonier

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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