Sports and Leisure
What we do
The UIA Sports & Leisure Work Programme promotes quality sport and Olympic facilities at an international level, through the collective expertise of its members. This UIA Programme is implicated in decision-making processes for, amongst others, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, FIFA, IAAF, FINA, and UCI
The Programme also advises developing countries on the socio-economical potential of competitive sporting facilities; supports local and national policy-makers in developing attractive, functional and sustainable facilities; and furthers international exchanges of information and cooperation in the field of sport and leisure facilities.
How we do it
Monitoring – The Programme monitors the evolution of Olympic/Paralympic complexes before, during, and after the games, laying particular emphasis on the sustainability and reuse of facilities.
Research visits – Our members visit pilot complexes in various countries developing new approaches to elite sport architecture.
Events – The Programme organises informative seminars and conferences in collaboration with partner organisations.
Who we work with
Various sporting and Olympic committees, a network of architects specialised in sport and leisure facilities, local and national legislators.
Gar Holohan - IrelandGar is Executive Chair of the Aura Holohan Leisure Group, who provide design and facility management services for sports, leisure and entertainment facilities. A member of the International Union of Architects Working Group on Sport & Leisure for 20 years, Gar developed his passion for sports and leisure architecture when travelling the world with the Irish Squash Team, and has played a major role in raising standards of sports and leisure planning and design in Ireland and internationally. He has been a consultant to the Irish Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport for over 20 years, and led consultant teams for the planning and design of the €200m Irish National Sports Campus in Abbotstown, and the preparation of the Irish National Sports Facility Strategy. Holohan Architects have designed more than 50 major sports and leisure projects in Ireland and the UK, including water leisure centres, stadia, fitness facilities and entertainment venues.
Alessandra Ferrari - Italy
João Paulo Bessa - Portugal
Dénes Patonai - Hungary
Diana Leikina - Federation of Russia
Jaime Hernan Bruzon Gomez - Colombia
Phoebe Sin Yeung To - Hong Kong