International Union of Architects
Member Area

Public Spaces

What we do

The UIA Public Spaces Work Programme studies previously neglected sites that have been renovated to provide for contemporary needs.

The successful restoration of public spaces requires sensitivity, perception and experimentation with the tangible and intangible nature of the site, through light, colour and rhythm. The result should interact with the users of the space, contributing to their overall well-being and quality of life.

How we do it

Research - Programme members from the 5 Regions of the UIA analyse public space renovation practices in the context of the urban policy specific to their respective countries. They seek out examples of best practice in terms of cultural identity, technical innovation and participation of the users.

Comparative Analysis – Work Programme members undertake comparative analyses of the work on public spaces in the 5 UIA Regions, selecting the strongest examples of good practice.

Knowledge sharing - The Programme offers specialised professional knowledge in the renovation of public spaces through international dialogue at biannual meetings, seminars and on-line.

Who we work with

Our work is drawn upon by public authorities, universities, architects, urban planners, and other UIA Work Programmes.

We welcome all those who seek to improve public spaces and unite urbanism, local culture, nature and leisure.


  • Maria José Gomes Feitosa - Brazil
    Maria José Gomes Feitosa is Director of the UIA Public Spaces Work Programme. She is a Brazilian architect and researcher. She graduated in Architecure and Urbanism, obtained a Master in Heritage from the Federal University of Bahia, a PhD Doctorate from the University of São Paulo in Urban Environment Structure and a PhD Post-Doctororate from the University of Aveiro, Portugal. Maria José Gomes Feitosa is a longstanding member of the Institut of Architects of Brazil. She teaches in several Faculties of Architecture and Urbanism and has published several books. Feitosa is currently working on urban projects and national and international research.


Reference documents
Activity Report 2020: Public Spaces Work Programme

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.

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