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A new Council for the UIA  
The UIA has successfully concluded its first virtual General Assembly and online elections. 
José-Luis Cortés (Mexico) has been elected President of the UIA for the 2021-2023 period. The new Council, composed of 4 members from each of the  UIA’s 5 Regions and 9 Bureau members, held its first session on 30 July during which the newly elected team declared the need to strengthen the role of the Union and make it more accessible to young architects.
A record setting UIA Congress in Rio 
The Rio Congress was a remarkable event testifying to the resilience and optimism of Brazilians. More than 88,000 participants from 188 countries; 20 keynote speakers, more than 540 speakers and 380 articles and projects selected by the Scientific Committee. The result is more than 500 hours of content that will be accessible on the exclusive UIA2021RIO platform up to 2023.
2026 UIA World Congress of Architects Host City  
In a much-anticipated election that saw Barcelona (Spain) and Beijing (China) bid to host the 2026 UIA World Congress of Architects and become the UNESCO-UIA World Capital of Architecture throughout 2026, Barcelona emerged victorious with 147 votes to Beijing’s 129. With the motto “One today, one tomorrow”, the UIA World Congress in Barcelona will look at the city’s relationship with its architecture to discuss a viable and sustainable future. Read more
 What’s next? 
UIA International Forum in Madrid  UIA Congress in Copenhagen
Join us for the Madrid Forum from 16-19 May 2022 to discuss the theme “Removing barriers to affordable housing”   Watch the videoThe UIA2023CPH, whose theme is“Sustainable futures – leave no one behind” will take place from the 2-6 July 2023. The the General Assembly is scheduled for 6- 9th July.Watch the video




Dear Esteemed Members, Colleagues, and Fellow Nigerians, Today, on World Environment Day, we gather to address the pressing challenges facing our environment. As architects, we have a critical role to


A gathering of Architects in the historical site of Ikogosi Warm Springs, Ekiti State provided the backdrop for a memorable experience. The Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) is delighted to