American architect Thomas Vonier has been elected UIA President by the UIA General Assembly, which took place in Seoul, Korea, from 7 to 10 September 2017. Thomas Vonier will undertake the presidency of the International Union of Architects for the triennial period 2017-2020. He succeeds Malaysian architect Esa Mohamed.
Between 2011 and 2014, Thomas Vonier, has been Region III Vice-president and Secretary General from 2014 to 2017.
Thomas Vonier (FAIA, RIBA) is a Paris and Washington DC based architect and the founding president of AIA Continental Europe (1994-1995). He was the first president of the AIA International Region and he became president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2017.
"The UIA needs continuity of leadership, to innovate and TO improve. With your other elected leaders, I have led in restoring the UIA to its rightful place as an influential global force, while managing costs. Fees are down by half. We are having great impact. Our membership is growing. The world demands a strong voice, and that requires the closest professional bonds. My promise: elevate the global stature of architecture and engage world leaders. My purpose: unify our profession around the planet, influence world bodies through effective policies and great programmes, and advance architecture. The UIA is the only body of its kind, with a great past and a bright future. Architecture knows no boundaries. We are unified in our purpose: improve human conditions, everywhere, for everyone. As your president, I will provide knowledge, determination, and global leadership."
2017-2020 UIA BUREAU
The UIA General Assembly also elected new Bureau members for the 2017 – 2020 triennial period:
· President: Thomas VONIER, USA
· Immediate Past President: Esa MOHAMED, Malaysia
· Secretary General: Serban TIGANAS, Romania
· Treasurer: Fabián LLISTERRI, Spain
· Vice-president Region I: Lorenz BRÄKER, Switzerland
· Vice-president Region II: Nikos FINTIKAKIS, Greece
· Vice-president Region III: Roberto SIMON, Brazil
· Vice-president Region IV: Jong RHUL HAHN, Korea
· Vice-president Region V: Mohamed MUNYANYA, Kenya
COPENHAGEN, 2023 UIA CONGRESS
The UIA General Assembly has elected Copenhagen (Denmark), as the host city of the 29th UIA Congress in 2023. The next congress will take place in Rio de Janeiro, in 2020 on the theme: "All Worlds. One World. Architecture in the 21st Century".