International Union of Architects
Member Area
Community Architecture: Architecture and Human Rights

Community Architecture: Architecture and Human Rights

What we do


The UIA Community Architecture Programme is dedicated to advancing the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with a particular emphasis on Goal 11: Making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. With current estimations stating that by 2030, two thirds of the world’s population will live in cities, it is essential that urban environments develop in harmony with the UN guiding principles. This Work Programme aims to ensure that Architects are mindful of the Sustainable Development Goals in all the projects that they undertake. 


How we do it


Information sharing – The Programme implements conferences, discussions and written output about the architect’s role in the UN Sustainable Development Agenda.


Expert counsel – The Programme is continually collating policy directives and best practice examples for consultation by the architectural community and distribution to legislative bodies. 


Raising awareness – The Programme organises visits and events in developing communities.


Who we work with


Architects, urban planners, policy makers, and sustainable development organisations.





  • Nadia Tromp - South Africa
    Nadia Tromp is a Nieman Affiliate (Harvard University) and a graduate of the University of Cape Town (Bachelor of Architecture). She has practised architecture since 2000 and is currently the Director of Ntsika Architects. Nadia Tromp is also the President of Gauteng Institute for Architects (GIFA) a region of SAIA. As Director of the Community Architecture Work Programme at UIA, Nadia is interested in exploring the idea that architecture could be a mechanism for creating social change.


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

Tel: +33 (0)1 45 24 36 88