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.
Pei Ing Tan
UIA Secretary General