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The International Union of Architects
The UIA was founded in 1948 on the initiative of prominent architects, including the architect and journalist Pierre Vago, now 91 years old and Honorary President of the organisation. His aim was to bring together architects from countries all over the world in a union of their professional associations. At present, organisations in 98 countries with some 1.2 million architects are members of the UIA. The UIA is the only world-wide professional organisation for architects. It has NGO status at the United Nations and is recognised by the

· Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), Geneva
· United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Vienna
· International Labour Organisation (ILO), Geneva
· World Health Organisation (WHO), Geneva
· United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UNCHS), Nairobi
· United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Paris

The UIA works very closely with UNESCO, and this co-operation has led, for instance, to the elaboration of the

· UIA/UNESCO Regulations for International Competitions in Architecture and Town Planning,
· UIA/UNESCO Charter for Architectural Education,
· UIA/UNESCO Rules for the Accreditation of Schools of Architecture.


The UIA is divided into five Regions:

Region I: Western Europe
Region II: Middle East and Eastern Europe
Region III: The Americas
Region IV Asia and Australia
Region V: Africa

Each Region is headed by a Vice-President, who represents his Region in the Bureau. The Bureau is composed of the President, the Immediate Past President, the Secretary-General, the Treasurer and the five Vice-Presidents of the Regions. The Bureau is elected at World Congresses for a period of three years. The President is elected for one term in office, the Vice-Presidents can be elected for two terms and the Secretary-General and the Treasurer for three terms. The Bureau is responsible for the work of the General Secretariat in Paris and prepares the decisions to be taken at meetings of the Council.

The UIA Council as the executive body of the UIA consists of the members of the Bureau, four members from each Region, the Immediate Past President and the Director of the General Secretariat. In addition to the 30 members of the UIA Council, the former Presidents of the UIA can participate by special invitation in an advisory capacity in the twice-yearly meetings of the Council.
The Assembly is the decision-making and electoral body of the UIA. Its 280-odd delegates convene every three years at World Congresses. The number of delegates from each national UIA section (country) is calculated ľ as is the membership fee ľ on the basis of the respective gross national product and the size of the population. A minimum of one delegate and a maximum of ten delegates may represent a national section at the Assembly. The Assembly decides on the draft documents proposed by the Council, elects the members to the bodies and determines the venue of UIA World Congresses.

The work of the UIA is carried out in Commissions and Work Programmes. At present, there are 18 International Work Programmes and Commissions, whose activities are co-ordinated by the Secretary-General. Special importance has attached in recent years to the work of the Professional Practice Commission, which produced the UIA Accord on Recommended International Standards of Professionalism in Architectural Practice adopted unanimously by the Assembly in view of the liberalisation of services resulting from the GATT/ GATTS agreements. This was the first time ever that a professional organisation succeeded in establishing internationally accepted standards for the exercise of a profession.

The UIA Work Programmes bring together architects and experts from a wide range of professional backgrounds, who contribute in a major way to the advance of architecture, urban development and professional policy. In the light of their outstanding competence in a particular field, they are asked by the UIA Member Sections or the UIA Council to participate in, or take charge of, the work that is carried out. The Work Programmes, which have an international or regional emphasis, stage symposia at regular intervals. The results of their work will be presented at several events organised by the individual programmes during the World Congress.

1. Architecture and Social Challenges
· Architecture and Children
· Architecture and the Disabled
· Architecture and Heritage

2. Architecture, Cultural and Social Infrastructure
· Architecture for Science and High-Tech Facilities
· Educational and Cultural Spaces
· Places of Worship
· Public Health

3. Architecture, Housing, Urban Development
· Habitat
· Intermediate Cities and World Urbanisation
· Urban Settlements and Natural Disasters
· Shelter for the Homeless ľ The Road from Istanbul

4. Architecture and Strategies for Sustainability
· Architecture and Conservation of Forests
· Architecture and Energy
· Architecture of the Future
· Sustainable Development of the Built Environment ľ The Road from Rio
· Architecture and Ecology

5. Architecture and Leisure Time
· Sports and Leisure
· Architecture and Tourism

6. Architecture and the Future of the Profession
· The Role of Architects
· The Road from Beijing

In addition to these joint events, the individual UIA Work Programmes will be staging video and Internet presentations and exhibitions

The following meetings will be held at the XXI World Congress of Architecture in Berlin in 2002:

20 July 2002 14.00 to 18.00 h
Deutsches Architektur Zentrum DAZ
UIA Bureau



21 July 2002 10.00 to 18.00 h
30 July 2002 10.00 to 18.00 h
Deutsches Architektur Zentrum DAZ
UIA Council



22 July 2002 14.00 to 18.00 h
ICC (open to the public)
UIA International and Regional Work Programmes



23 to 25 July 2002 14.30 to 17.00 h
ICC (open to the public)
UIA International Commissions



23 to 25 July 2002
ICC (open to the public)
UIA Regional Conferences



25 July 2002 21.00 to 24.00 h
Museum Island (open to the public)
Award of the UIA Gold Medal, UIA Prizes and the Prizes for the UIA Berlin 2002 Student Competition



27 to 29 July 2002 10.00 to 18.00 h
ICC
XXII UIA Assembly



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Last update: December 2001