International Union of Architects

Social Habitat

What we do


Social inequality is becoming increasingly visible, especially in the urban environment, where people from various social strata live in close proximity. The increase in social inequality in urban areas has been shown to have a direct correlation with homelessness, unemployment, social deprivation, and health problems. The UIA Social Habitat Programme works to investigate these problems from an architectural standpoint, and to start implementing positive social action within the architectural community.


How we do it


Peer learning – Programme Members from around the world exchange experiences and good practice through debates and seminars organised by the Programme.


Research – The Programme produces analysis, compilations of case studies, and best practice recommendations to be distributed to the relevant local and national authorities.


Who we work with


Architects, urban planners, local and national legislators, and social activists. 


  • Ilgar Isbatov - Azerbaijan
    Ilgar Isbatov is a graduate of the Moscow Institute of Architecture. He has headed numerous architecure projects, several of which have won awards. In 2010 Isbatov was awarded the "Progress" medal by the decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and in 2012 he was named "Honored Architect of Azerbaijan". He is the Director of the Baku State Institute of Technology. He has overseen reconstruction of facades and design of residential buildings and streets.


  • Philippe Capelier - France
  • György Kerekes - Hungary
  • Diego Zoppi - Italy
  • Daniel Fortuna Do Couto - Portugal
  • Rafael Balanzo - Spain
  • Alfredo Gomez Villanueva - Colombia
  • Janice Long Yan Lee - Hong Kong
  • Sahar Attia - Egypt
  • Rebecca (Rivka) Gutman - 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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