UIA - Newsletter 01/2023

5 January 2023

At the dawn of this new year, I am pleased to present you with my best wishes for 2023. May 2023 brings all of you unity, peace, great health and abundance of joy. 

After a year dedicated to health and affordable housing, we begin 2023 with our focus on one of the main events of the profession: the 28th UIA World Congress of Architects with the theme "Sustainable Futures - Leaving No One Behind" scheduled for early July in Copenhagen, Denmark, followed by the UIA General Assembly. The UIA's Working Bodies and Member Sections will participate in the debates through workshops, conferences and exhibitions. In addition to the Congress, Copenhagen will host the 2023 UNESCO-UIA World Capital of Architecture and will organise a series of major events throughout the year focusing on the key role of architecture, urban planning and culture in the development of urban identity and sustainable urban development. 

In the course of this year, during which we will mark the 75th anniversary of our Union, we will continue our efforts to address the various challenges facing the profession and society in general. Among the various initiatives and activities of the UIA and its partners are the Year of Design for Health supported by the World Health Organization, Great Green Wall international student competition that is the official Congress competition as well as planning for the launch of the 2nd cycle of the UIA 2030 Award organised in collaboration with UN-Habitat and the Conference of the Parties (COP28)

More than ever, we remain determined to demonstrate the contribution of architects in different fields of action such as health and well-being, the fight against climate change and global warming, the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in architecture.

We are looking forward to your cooperation and active participation in our Union’s various initiatives to enhance the professional standards of architects and for the collective welfare of our community.

Together, we endeavour to make a meaningful difference.

Warmest regards,

Pei Ing Tan
UIA Secretary General



The International Union of Architects (UIA) has announced the results of the Great Green Wall (GGW) single stage student ideas competition. This is the official student competition of the 28th UIA World Congress of Architects that will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 2-6 July 2023. The jury awarded the first prize to Altynai Isaeva (Kyrgyzstan) for the project “Sustainable housing for Africa” in Sauga, Burkina Faso. It also awarded 4 other prizes and 10 honourable mentions.

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Expertise France in collaboration with the Tunisian Ministry of Culture and with the support of the European Union concluded registration for the international one-stage design competition for the Requalification of Byrsa Acropolis and Rehabilitation of the Carthage National Museum in Tunisia.  A total of €200,000 will be distributed among the winning projects. The deadline for submission is 23 January 2023

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The second edition of the award, jointly organised by the UIA's Architectural Education and UIA's Sustainable Development Goals Commissions, focusing on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is still accepting submissions. Competitors are invited to submit university programmes demonstrating excellence in educational practice and consideration of the Sustainable Development Goals. The deadline for submission of projects is 30 January 2023.

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The first International Award for Innovative Architecture for Health is organised by the UIA Public Health Group and open to all architects. The aim is to recognise innovative architectural design solutions that address the issues highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Architects are invited to submit entries in one of the following two categories: built work and theoretical work. The deadline for submissions is 8 February 2023.

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The National Council of the Order of Architects of Morocco is celebrating the 37th National Architects' Day on 14 January 2023. This year, the event will take place in Erfoud, with the theme: "For a sustainable planning and upgrading of regions: the case of Drâa-Tafilalet". Considered the crossroads of civilisations and the cradle of the  Alaouite dynasty, the region has a prestigious cultural and spiritual heritage. Activities will include lectures, readings and exhibitions.



The Union of Architects of Philippines (UAP)  will be holding its  48th Annual National Convention and Business Meeting on April 19 to 22, 2023 with the theme “Future - Ready architects in the better normal”. The four-day convention will include the General Assembly and Business Meetings, Investiture of Fellows, Arkylimpics, seminars and the UAP’s new initiative, “ Brown Bag Sessions”, which aims to uplift the architectural profession and to make architects future-ready.




Khandaker Shabbir Ahmed has been elected as the President of Institutes of Architects Bangladesh (IAB). A graduate in Environmental Design & Urbanism à Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, he is a registered architect in Bangladesh and a full-time Professor at the Department of Architecture (BUET)  He is an expert in Bioclimatic Urban Design and low energy buildings for the Tropics with special interests in green building codes and high performance buildings He succeeds Mubassar Hussain.



Emily Grandstaff-Rice has been elected president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She is a senior project manager/senior associate at Perkins&Will. Her most recent projects focus on K-12 and higher education learning environments. She has made various contributions to the AIA  including leading the national equity, diversity, and inclusion conversation and serving as the 2014 president of the Boston Society of Architects/AIA. As a former chair of AIA’s Equity in Architecture Commission, she was instrumental in creating the AIA Guides for Equitable Practice.

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Elbay Gazim-zada has been re-elected as President of the Azerbaijan Union of Architects (UAA). A graduate in urban planning from the Higher School of the Institute of Architecture and Art of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, he founded his own architectural firm El & En in 1998. After working at the Republican Institute of Construction Design in Rural Areas, he was appointed Chief Architect of the City of Baku and served as Director of the Baku Architecture and Urban Planning Department. He is also the author of numerous articles and books on architecture.



Past President Georgi Stoilov passed away on 14 December 2022. A graduate of the Faculty of Architecture in Moscow (1954), He studied urban planning in France and returned to Bulgaria where he continued his practice. He served in various elected and government positions in addition to founding the International Academy of Architecture in 1987. During his time as UIA President from 1985 to 1987, he first introduced the celebration of the World Architecture Day which has since become a renowned event that is celebrated around the world. The UIA extends its sincere condolences to his family, loved ones and the Union of Architects of Bulgaria.

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Mubasshar Hussain, former Chairman of the of the Architects Regional Council of Asia (ARCASIA) and Immediate Past President of the Institute of Architects of Bangladesh (IAB) passed away on 2 January at the age of 78. A graduate of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Mr Hussain was a freedom fighter for the liberation of his country and a lifelong activist on urban issues and citizens' rights. In October 2022, he hosted the UIA Bureau meeting in Dhaka and organised a symposium on architecture for health last October. The UIA extends its sincere condolences to his family, friends and the IAB.

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