International Union of Architects
Member Area

Architecture for All

What we do


The UIA Architecture for All Work Programme promotes the rights and dignity of the disabled and the elderly by advocating architectural and urban design adapted to all users. The Programme aims to demonstrate that universal accessibility is an essential factor in successful design.


How we do it


UIA Friendly & Inclusive Spaces Award – This award celebrates successful inclusive architecture from all around the world. Winners are announced at the triennial UIA international congress on architecture. This award is key to highlighting the essential role that architecture holds at the heart of a non-discriminatory society.


Network – The Programme has a constantly evolving network of experts compiling case studies and analysis of current practice and legislation around the world.


Guidelines – The Programme develops recommendations and guidelines on non-discriminatory spaces to be submitted to governing bodies and national legislation.


Who we work with

Architects and urban planners experienced in barrier-free architecture, students, academic institutions and policy makers. 


  • 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.


  • Angela Rolfe - Ireland
  • Carmela Cannarella - Italy
  • Jane Simpson - United Kingdom
  • Fernando Garcia-Ochoa - Spain
  • Sotiris Papadopoulos - Greece
  • Bob Topping - Canada
  • Ricardo Javier Escalante Nocua - Colombia
  • Joseph Kwok Lok Kwan - Hong Kong
  • Calvin Kai Chun Chan - Hong Kong
  • Stephen Kin Wai Ho - Hong Kong
  • Dick Kin Hing Wong - Hong Kong
  • Norwina Binti Mohd. Nawawi - Malaysia
  • Ph Thompson - Malaysia
  • Hadara Dressler - Israël
  • Sanny Goldman - Israël

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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