UIA COUNCIL MEETING IN PARIS
Six months after the renewal of its membership at the Durban general assembly, the UIA Council met in Paris on 12 & 13 February 2015, in the offices of the National Council of the Order of French Architects (CNOA). The 126th session followed a series of working meetings implicating the three UIA permanent commissions and the UNESCO-UIA validation council for architectural education, as well as a coordination meeting of newly appointed or reappointed work programme directors. The UIA has systematically restructure working bodies to get all councillors and regional vice presidents to be actively involved with them.
During this session, Council heard the final report on the UIA congress in Durban, presented by congress president Hassan Asmal, and a report on preparations for the Seoul congress that will take place in September 2017, by the Council member from Korea, Kun Chang Yi. The contract for the 2020 congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was co-signed by UIA president Esa Mohamed and the president of the Institute of Architects of Brazil, Sergio Ferraz Magalhães.
The UIA Council adopted a policy declaration “to supports efforts to strengthen and increase the effectiveness of national professional institutes, and to enhance their ability to participate in addressing issues of global concern to society and the profession”. The Council announced the theme for the next World Day of Architecture, on October 5, 2015: Architecture and the eradication of poverty.
The Council members welcomed the Association of Iranian architects back into active UIA membership.
The next Council meeting will take place on an invitation from the College of Architects of Peru, in Lima, on 5 & 6 November 2015; an intermediate, online meeting is scheduled in March. A UIA Bureau meeting will take place in Kuala Lumpur on August 15, 2015, on invitation from the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM).