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UIA Policy statements


UIA Policy statements

Representing the world’s architects—today numbering some 3.2 million in all—the International Union of Architects (UIA) is dedicated to building a better world with healthy environments and living communities. Our mission is to unify the profession, influence public policies, and advance architectural practice and education. Society faces climate challenges, growing needs of poor and displaced populations, and new infrastructure demands spurred by urbanization. The UIA supports policies and programmes that apply the power of design to meet these human needs.

We seek to UNIFY the profession of architecture worldwide

Provide global leadership for the profession, focusing on education, training, professional development, best professional practices, and responsible architecture.

Promote international cooperation through engaging with all regional organizations and Member Sections, and providing platforms for international exchange and communication.

Facilitate cross-border trade in services ensuring mutual benefits for the foreign and local professionals in the host countries.

We seek to INFLUENCE global policies and practices

Maintain partnerships with international bodies and government organizations, such as UN Habitat and the World Urban Campaign to influence matters related to architecture, urban design,environmental planning and development.

Promote healthful, equitable and sustainable environments by adopting the New Urban Agenda, the UN Goals for Sustainable Development, and aims to achieve an almost zero-carbon builtenvironment.

Seek opportunity, respect and access for all people by ensuring gender equity, involving young architects in the UIA, promoting community engagement in planning and design, and recognizing architecture that provides accessibility for all.

Preserve culture, heritage and patrimony through programmes and initiatives that call attention to settlements, sites, building and monuments of great significance, and especially those in jeopardy.

We seek to ADVANCE architecture and town planning

Promote international best practices through agreed international standards and practices, and by regular updating of the UIA Accord on Professionalism in Architecture.

Stimulate international design competitions as a preferred method for the procurement of design services, promulgating best practices through the UIA-UNESCO Guidelines for International Design Competitions and accompanying documents.

Endorse design award programmes and prizes in architecture, criticism, town planning, and design, including the UIA Gold Medal and the other UIA international prizes.

Improve education and professional development by upholding the UNESCO-UIA Charter on Architectural Education and encouraging Member Sections and government authorities to adopt the Charter. The UIA advocates validation of schools globally, and assists developing countries with developing accreditation and validation systems. UIA supports and advances CPD programmes combining education and practice.

Promote knowledge and research by serving as a platform for sharing knowledge and ideas generated by its Permanent Commissions, Work Programmes and Member Sections. The UIA shall avoid duplicating work that is already being done or completed by Member Sections or other organizations