UIA - The 29th UIA General Assembly elected a new Council

20 JULY 2023

The UIA elects a new Council

The XXIXth UIA General Assembly met in Copenhagen (Denmark) from 6-9 July 2023 and elected the following to its Council for the 2023-2026 term.

The governing bodies of the Union are, in order of precedence:

  • The Assembly
  • The Council 
  • The Bureau 

Bureau Members

The Bureau is composed of the President, the Immediate Past President, the Secretary General, the Treasurer, and a Vice-President from each Region.

  • President: Regina GONTHIER (Switzerland)
  • Secretary General: Rui LEÃO (Macau)
  • Treasurer: Seif Allah ALNAGA (Egypt)
  • Region I Vice-President: Teresa TÁBOAS VELEIRO (Spain)
  • Region II Vice-President: Jerzy GROCHULSKI (Poland)
  • Region III Vice-President: Nivaldo ANDRADE (Brazil) 
  • Region IV Vice-President: Li ZHANG  (China) 
  • Region V Vice-President: Vity Claude NSALAMBI (Angola)

Council Members

The Council is composed of the President, the Immediate Past President, the Secretary General, the Treasurer, a Vice-President from each Region, and four Council Members from each Region.

Region I - Western Europe

  • Daniel FÜGENSCHUH (Austria)
    • Alternate: Katharina FRÖCH
  • Lionel DUNET (France)
    • Alternate: Jean-François CACLIN
  • Carmela CANNARELLA (Italy)
    • Alternate: Diego ZOPPI
  • Paula HUOTELIN (Nordic Section)
    • Alternate: Arja LUKIN

Region II - Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East

  • Oleg HAMAN (Czechia)
    • Alternate: Milica VUJOSEVIC
  • Fani VAVILI-TSINIKA (Greece)
    • Alternate: Kyriakos PIPINIS
  • Lázló MIKÓ (Hungary)
    • Alternate: Tibor FÁTYOL
  • Ayşen CIRAVOĞLU (Turkey)
    • Alternate: Akis TONGUÇ

Region III - The Americas

  • Jadile Baza APUD (Chile)
    • Alternate: Leoncio ORELLANA
  • Augusto BALLEN REY (Colombia)
    • Alternate: Flavio Henrique ROMERO
  • Andrea Coto MARTINEZ (Costa Rica)
    • Alternate: Pablo Antonio MORA
  • Marco VERGARA VÁZQUEZ (Mexico)
    • Alternate: David Ignacio ROJAS

Region IV - Asia and Oceania

  • Richard KIRK (Australia)
  • George KUNIHIRO (Japan)
    • Alternate: Sumito TAKASHINA
  • Debatosh SAHU (India)
  • Young-Keun HAN (South Korea)

Region V - Africa

  • Hayatte NDIAYE (Chad)
    • Alternate: Golnodji NGONIRI
  • Mugure NJENDU (Kenya)
    • Alternate: Wilson MUGAMBI
  • Mohamed Sahby GORGI (Tunisia)
    • Alternate: Leyla BEN JEDDOU
  • Jacinta BISHANGA KABARUNGI (Uganda)
    • Alternate: Daniel MUSANA

Swiss architect Regina Gonthier was elected to head the Union for the 2023-2026 term. She succeeds José Luis Cortés, who will take the role of Immediate Past President and is the third woman to head the Union since its creation in 1948.

Regina Gonthier has extensive experience within the UIA having served as Council Member (1999, 2011, 2017, 2021) and Co-Director of the International Competitions Commission (ICC) from 2015-2023.

While addressing the General Assembly before her election, she noted that the UIA had achieved a lot in its 75 years history thanks to the engagement and work of its elected representatives and members of its Working Bodies. “The 75th anniversary of the Union is a decisive moment and an important turn,” she declared. The UIA is challenged to question and position itself, redefine and concretise its global mission as well as clarify its role and the role of the architect. It is necessary to reach, interest and involve the younger generation of architects, collaborate with international and regional organisations on specific common topics and bring added value to UIA Member Sections.

A practising architect and co-owner of an architectural office in Bern, alongside her husband, Regina Gonthier has been visiting professor of architecture at ETH Zurich and expert critic in different schools of architecture. She served on expert councils for architecture and urban planning in several Swiss cities (Zurich, Biel, Bern) and presided the council of the Canton of Fribourg.

She has participated in numerous competitions as a competitor - winning many competitions - or jury member. As Vice-President of the Swiss Competition Commission, she was the Chair for the 2009 revision of the Swiss Competition Regulations (SIA 142) and the new Regulations for parallel studies (SIA 143). For many years, she was a member of the Architects Council of Europe (ACE) Work Group ADC+PP. She initiated the creation of the Swiss Conference of Architects (CSA) and served as President from 2008-2023 and ACE Swiss Delegate from 1993-2023.

While presiding over the UIA’s first Council meeting of the 2023-2026 term, the President outlined her priorities for the Union and her objective to Cooperate for a unified, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, peaceful world, Unite architects on common professional goals and ethical values and Professionalise the Union in order to produce valuable professional outcomes and respond with architectural expertise in different domains. Priority will be given to the transposition of the Task Force Group’s recommendations on UIA governance regarding the Union’s articles and bylaws, the promotion of architectural expertise in sustainable development matters as well as the evolution of the profession and the question of how to interest and involve young architects in the UIA’s actions.

The International Union of Architects (UIA) is an international non-governmental organisation based in Paris. Established in 1948, it is the only organisation representing architects across the globe working to unify architects, influence public policies on construction and development, and advance architecture in service to the needs of society.