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International Union of Architects (UIA)
Sara TOPELSON DE GRINBERG (Mexico)
Vassilis SGOUTAS (Greece)
Enrico MILONE (Italy)
51, rue Raynouard
F 75016 PARIS, France
Tel: (33 1) 45 24 36 88/ Fax: (33 1) 45 24 02 78
Web site: http://www.uia-architectes.org
28 June 1948, under French law concerning non-profit
making associations (Law of 1901).
To unite the architects of the world on a democratic basis
and to reinforce professional ties between architects from
all countries, institutions and schools of thought regardless
of national and political boundaries; to represent architects
at an international level and to make official declarations to
governments when necessary; to assist international organisations
in their activities when the latter concern the functions of
architects; to maintain the public's confidence in the
integrity and competence of architects by demanding a high
professional and moral level of its members; to promote the
development of environmental architecture and town planning,
and their practice for the good of the community; to encourage
associations of architects to cooperate with other disciplines,
professions and other interested parties in the fields of construction
and planning; to provide assistance to architectural organisations
in developing countries especially with regard to defining the conditions
necessary for the different ways in which architects may practice;
to promote and encourage the development of architectural education
in its various forms, and to facilitate the international exchange
of architects, researchers and students.
General Assembly (every 3 years), unites delegations from all Member Sections
(from one to seven delegates depending on the number of architects in the country).
Council (meets at least once a year), composed of representatives of 4 Member Sections
from each of the five geographical regions and eight members of the Bureau, composed of
a President, Secretary General, Treasurer and five Vice-Presidents (responsible for regional
activities). General Secretariat under the responsibility of the Secretary General.
Only national architectural organisations are admitted as members.
Bureau and Council meetings are not open to all. The Congresses (every 3 years)
and Work Programme seminars are open to all.
Membership fee s from Member Sections, Personal Information Service and
revenue from activities (Congresses, competitions, publications etc.).
ECOSOC, UNESCO, OIT, OMS. UNICEF, UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO, UNCHS, WIPO, Council of Europe.
Member Sections (divided into five geographical regions
aforementioned) are the life force of the Union
and at the centre of its activities.
PUBLIC HEALTH, EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL SPACES, SPORTS AND LEISURE,
ARCHITECTURE AND HERITAGE, ARCHITECTURE OF THE FUTURE, PLACES OF WORSHIP,
ARCHITECTURE AND TOURISM, HABITAT, ARCHITECTURE AND ENERGY, ARCHITECTURE
AND CONSERVATION OF FORESTS, HEALTHY BUILDINGS, ARCHITECTURE AND ECOLOGY,
"HOUSING FOR THE HOMELESS - THE ROAD FROM ISTANBUL", PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
COMMISSION , INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS, URBANISATION PROCESSES IN MEDIUM-SIZED
HISTORICAL CITIES, TRANSITIVE URBANISM, URBAN SETTLEMENTS AND NATURAL DISASTERS,
UIA INFORMATION CENTRE ON ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE, POST-WAR RECONSTRUCTION OF CITIES,
FOLLOW-UP OF UIA/UNESCO CHARTER FOR ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION
These programmes promote contact between architects at international level and allow
for an exchange of views and professional experiences. They organise international
seminars, participate in studies and works of other international organisations
in their specific field.
The UIA has been mandated by UNESCO since 1956 to provide its assistance
in the organisation of international competitions in architecture and
town planning, and to ensure that the UIA/UNESCO recommendations
in this field are respected.
Honorary distinctions are presented every
three years by an international jury.
Exhibitions and seminars on architecture and town planning
Triennial Congresses: Lausanne (1948), Rabat (1951), Lisbon (1953),
The Hague (1955), Moscow (1958), London (l961), Havana (1963), Paris (1965),
Prague (1967), Buenos Aires (1969), Varna (1972), Madrid (1975), Mexico City (1978),
Warsaw (1981), Cairo (1985), Brighton (1987), Montreal (1990)), Chicago (1993),
Barcelona (1996), Beijing (1999).
UIA Newsletter (monthly); List of Schools of Architecture recognised
by Member Sections; UIA/UNESCO recommendations on architecture competitions;
Instructions and recommendations to promoters of international competitions;
List of Member Sections; Reports of Congresses and seminars.
87 Member Sections (National professional organisations of architectes)