International Union of Architects
Member Area

Architecture for All

What we do

The UIA Architecture for All [AfA] Work Programme raises awareness of the architect’s responsibility to ensure that accessibility and inclusive design are essential components of architectural design, construction and education. The programme promotes good practice in accessible and inclusive urban design and architecture.

How we do it

The AfA Work Programme

  • organises the triennial UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards to encourage and acknowledge architects who have created exemplary friendly, inclusive and accessible buildings and public spaces and to bring these projects to a wider audience.
  • facilitates a network of architects, with expertise and experience in all matter relating to accessibility and inclusion in the built environment.
  • compiles and disseminates best practice case studies.
  • participates in the development of international standards and guidelines.
  • provides experienced jury members for competitions and awards.
  • organises and participates in conferences and seminars
  • advises governmental and non-governmental organisations on matters relating to accessibility of the built environment. 

Who we work with

Architects, construction professionals, educators and students, policy makers and communities, locally, nationally and internationally.

More information


  • Fionnuala Rogerson - Ireland
    Fionnuala Rogerson is Principal of the Practice Fionnuala Rogerson Architects (FRA), which was established in 1985. Its expertise is in Accessibility to the Built Environment at both a strategic and practical level. Fionnuala is recognised both nationally and internationally for her expertise in Universal Design and Accessibility to the Built Environment. In 2002 she was appointed by the European Commission to an Expert Group whose report “2010 – a Europe Accessible for All” actively promoted a strategy of Accessibility for All as key to the implementation of the Lisbon strategy for European economic and social renewal.
  • Krzysztof Chwalibog - Poland
    Co-director of the UIA Architecture for All Work Programme, Krzysztof Chwalibóg qualified as an architect from Warsaw Technical University in 1964 and has been an independent practitioner since 1975. He specialises in designing housing, churches, and tourism facilities. Krzysztof Chwalibóg was the President of the Polish Architects Association-SARP from 1991-2000 and has chaired the Polish Architecture Council. He is also co-author of ‘Polish Architectural Policy’ and an honorary professor of the Xian University 2000.


Reference documents
Guidelines for Accessible and Inclusive Built Environments
Activity Report 2020: Architecture for All 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.

General Secretariat of the International Union of Architects

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