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29 Jun 2020

UIA Newsletter - June 2020


24 Jun 2020

跨代共融遊樂空間設計比賽 | 駿發花園

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1 April 2020

UIA COVID-19 Information Hub
  • UIA Member Sections & Working Bodies all over the world are providing constructive and innovative guidance to architects working to serve their communities and keep their businesses afloat in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Architects play a key role in countering this pandemic, from improvising emergency healthcare facilities and producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to developing projects on the front line. In the aftermath of the current crisis, the confinement measures taken by governments raise important questions about spatial and urban configurations, questions to which architects can respond.

    The UIA launched a COVID-19 Information Hub, compiling information, recommendations and initiatives from our Member Sections across the UIA’s five world regions. The Hub will ultimately be developed into a research repository for architects on impacts, mitigation measures and future planning implications, with perspectives from the UIA’s working bodies.
    Information Hub:


3 May 2019

Barbara Cappochin Biennial International Architecture Prize

  • The eighth edition of the Barbara Cappochin Biennial International Architecture Prize was launched on 3 May 2019 during the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) Congress in Innsbruck, Austria. Organised by the Barbara Cappochin Foundation, the prize seeks to spotlight the central role that architecture plays in the evolution of landscape. It focusses on urban peripheries, the use of bio-architecture, energy efficiency and sustainable urban development. The biennial prize has been supported by the UIA since its creation in 2005.

    Entries are invited for projects completed between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2019. All the works must involve new edification, extension or requalification of existing buildings or landscape architecture undertaken by qualified and registered architects or multidisciplinary teams.

    Entries are invited for the following categories:
    1. Public and private residential architecture;
    2. Commercial architecture;
    3. Public facilities (educational, cultural, social health, religious, sports, recreational, landscape architecture);
    4. Sustainable urban regeneration/eco-districts.

    The winner will receive a prize of 30,000 euros
    The jury will award three honourable mentions and may decide to designate a “Special Mention of the Jury”

    George Pendl, President of the Architects’ Council Europe - ACE (Austria)
    Oliver Bastin, President of the Federation of Belgian Architects and UIA representative (Belgium)
    Nicola Di Battista, Director in charge of the Magazine “The Architect” of the CNAPPC (Italy)
    Carme Pinos, Architect (Spain).
    A representative of the National Council of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservationists (CNAPPC) of Italy will act as jury president.

    Launch: 3 May 2019
    Deadline for submitting entries: 30 June 2019
    Jury meeting: 18-19 July 2019
    Award ceremony: 26 October 2019
    For more information:


13 April 2019

UIA Sustainable Development Goals Dhaka Declaration
  • Over the last few decades, tremendous progress has been made in improving the health, education, and well-being of people around the world. However, this development has been accompanied by environmental damage, climate change, and resource depletion as well as social and cultural challenges. In 2015, the nations of the world came together and laid out the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030.

    Architecture interacts with each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and architects can help the goals to be achieved. As architects, we have the responsibility to contribute to the built environment and make choices that change the world for the better—through better buildings, settlements, landscape architecture and urban planning.

    The UIA, UIA SDG Commission, ARCASIA and the Institute of Architects Bangladesh signed the UIA SDG Dhaka Declaration on 13 April 2019, calling on architects to strive for these Goals in their own practice and as civic leaders.

    Online version of declaration:


2 April 2019

2019 World Architecture Day International Poster Design Competition

  • On Monday, 7 October 2019, people everywhere will celebrate World Architecture Day 2019. It is traditionally celebrated every year on the first Monday in October to coincide with the United Nations World Habitat Day.

    The UIA has chosen the theme “Architecture… housing for all”. It will focus on how architects can contribute to the realisation of affordable housing for all; the implementation of the New Urban Agenda; and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Goal 11, “to make cities and human settlements safe, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable”.

    Countries all over the globe will highlight the importance of architecture through events, exhibits, lectures and other activities, for the profession and the public.

    The International Union of Architects (UIA)—the only global organisation representing the world’s 3.2 million architects—is now launching a competition to design the poster for World Architecture Day 2019. The winning design will become the unifying visual identity for the programmes and activities organised throughout the world on 7 October this year.

    This competition is open to anyone. Submissions can be made as an individual or as a team.

    Launch: Tuesday 2 April 2019
    Deadline for submitting questions: Friday 31 May 2019 at 18h Paris time
    Submission deadline: Friday 21 June 2019 at 18h Paris time
    Jury meeting: Friday 19 July 2019
    Announcement of results: Wednesday 31 July 2019

    - Dana Whabira
    - Chris Ware
    - SSonya Dyakova


1 April 2019

2019 Inclusive Environment Recognition Scheme 2019年共融環境嘉許計劃

  • 香港復康聯會/香港社會服務聯會擬舉辦「2019年共融環境嘉許計劃」(下稱「嘉許計劃」),表揚社區中的無障礙建築物。透過表揚社區中的無障礙建築物,鼓勵發展商、建築界、物業管理公司及物業持有人等,關注無障礙環境的重要性,攜手建立一個共融的都市。



    有興趣參與的機構可於 下載報名表格,填妥並經下列方式遞交報名表格:
    郵寄地址:「香港灣仔軒尼詩道15 號溫莎公爵社會服務大廈12樓復康部」( 信封註明「共融環境嘉許計劃報名」)
    傳真號碼:2864 2962
    電郵地址 ( 電郵主旨註明「共融環境嘉許計劃報名」 )。

    截止日期: 2019年6月28日


    如有查詢,請致電2864 2996 與嘉許計劃秘書處聯絡。


15 March 2018

Disability and the built environment: government response to select committee report of UK

Click here for policy paper


23 February 2018

"The first time... she had to change a tyre by herself"
By Sophia Sarli - Actress

Click here for details (from Greek Daily)

RTHK's Radio Programme on Accessibility in Hong Kong / Operation Santa Claus 2017

17 January 2018

RTHK's Radio Programme on Accessibility in Hong Kong

Mr. Joseph KWAN, Committee Member, Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth
"How difficult is it for wheelchair user to access in Hong Kong? What could be done to improve accessibility?"

Click here to listen.


21 December 2017


Brian James Kidd AM LFRAIA FACAA (1936 - 2017) highly respected architect, access consultant, mentor and friend, passed away suddenly on Thursday morning 21st December 2017 at home with his wife Lauris at his side.

Obituary details

UN SDG Action Campaign

19 December 2017

UN SDG Action Campaign

Campaign details

UIA Student Competition for a Prefabricated Modular Community Health Centre

12 December 2017

UIA Student Competition for a Prefabricated Modular Community Health Centre

The UIA is proud to announce that its own Work Programme, the Public Health Group, has launched an exciting student competition for the design of a prefabricated modular community health centre. The open international ideas competition is part of the programme for the 38th International Seminar of the Public Health Group, to be held in Paris from 29 to 31 May 2018 in conjunction with Paris Healthcare Week.

The competition asks participants to design a Community Health Centre (CHC), to be found in communities with reduced access to healthcare facilities, such as smaller cities in underdeveloped countries or remote, rural areas of developed countries. The designs should imperatively make use of prefabricated modular units, easily transportable by road, rail or boat. They should be amenable to incremental expansion until the facility "grows to a fully-fledged CHC."

While the jury will be evaluating entries on the basis of environmental quality, the most important consideration will be good design. The jury will be looking for projects which demonstrate "a convincing, aesthetically appealing building design."

The competition is conducted according to the UIA Competitions Guide and the UNESCO Regulations for International Architecture Competitions.

Students of architecture (Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate at an accredited institution) interested in and possessing a broad understanding of healthcare environments are encouraged to participate in multidisciplinary groups led by a student of architecture. Each team should include three students maximum.

No entry fees, but copy of ID and student card required.

For more information, check out, or UIA website.

Sri Lanka Institute of Architects

23 November 2017

Intensive "Urban Design" Workshop / Training Programme conducted by Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA) in collaboration with ARCASIA

A training programme on "Urban Design" will be conducted by Sri Lanka institute of Architects in collaboration with ARCASIA. The workshop will be starting from 15th February 2018 - 21st February 2018 at the SLIA auditorium. The instructor for this programme is Prof.Fabio Todeschini (Architect, City Planner, Urban Designer & Heritage Practitioner Emeritus Professor University of Cape Town).

There are 12 vacancies for foreign participants on first come first served basis. The fee for a participant is $ 250 ( excluding the air fair). This fee will include accommodation, food, course fee, registration fee and airport transfers.

We wish to invite all members who are interested to participate for the above mentioned programme to get yourself registered on or before 28th December 2017 since only 12 vacancies are available.

Please click the below link for more information and online Registrations.

[Programme Summary] | [Programme Structure] | [Classes Schedule]


16 November 2017






郵寄地址:「香港灣仔軒尼詩道15 號溫莎公爵社會服務大廈12樓復康部」( 信封註明「共融環境嘉許計劃報名」)
傳真號碼:2864 2962
電郵地址 ( 電郵主旨註明「共融環境嘉許計劃報名」 )。

截止日期: 2018年1月19日


如有查詢,請致電2864 2996 與嘉許計劃秘書處聯絡。

UIA Questionnaire Survey on Gender Equity in Architecture in Hong Kong

25 October 2017

Open Call for Expression of Interest to Join UIA Work Programmes

Under the International Union of Architects (UIA), there are various Work Programmes (WPs), in which a full range of specialists delve into specific aspects of the architect’s intervention in society and the built environment.

HKIA members are now invited to express their interest to join the UIA WP for the triennium term 2017-2020.

      1.1 Architecture for All
      1.2 Architecture and Children
      1.3 Heritage and Cultural Identity

      2.1 Social Habitat
      2.2 Barefoot Architects
      2.3 Intermediate Cities Urbanisation and Development

      3.1 Public Health
      3.2 Sports and Leisure
      3.3 Education and Cultural Spaces

      4.1 Sustainability and Climate Change
      4.2 UIA-IFLA Indigenous Ecosystem Corridors and Nodes Project

For more details of description of UIA WPs and responsibilities of being a HKIA representative of the UIA WPs, please visit the HKIA website.

Should you be interested to join any UIA WPs, please return the completed reply slip together with your CV to HKIA Secretariat ( by 25 October 2017, 12:00pm.

EOI reply slip: doc. | pdf.

RTHK's Radio Programme on Inclusive Environment Recognition Scheme

21 February 2017

RTHK's Radio Programme on Inclusive Environment Recognition Scheme

Mr. Joseph KWAN, Global Chair of Rehabilitation International - International Commission on Technology and Accessibility

Mr KUO Chun Chuen, Chief Officer (Rehabilitation Service) of The Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities

Click here to listen.



UIA Questionnaire Survey on Gender Equity in Architecture in Hong Kong

2 December 2016

UIA Questionnaire Survey on Gender Equity in Architecture in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), as one of the member sections of the International Union of Architects (UIA), is assisting UIA to carry out a survey on Gender Equity in Architecture to our members. The data collected through this questionnaire will be forwarded to UIA for analysis to outline the obstacles preventing for the achievement of a better and more dynamic working life for female and establish an UIA Gender Equity Policy in the architectural profession.

To improve the survey's reliability, your voluntary completion of the survey questionnaire will be much appreciated. Please complete the online questionnaire no later than 9 January 2017 (Monday).


14 November 2016

Ar. Ramiz Baig on IAP Making Karachi Accessible

This video was shown as part of Ar. Ramiz Baig's presentation "Universal Accessibility in Karachi's context" at the Asian Congress of Architects 17, Hong Kong ( The video was directed by film maker Hisham Masood to raise awareness of the work Institute of Architects Pakistan ( along with NOWPDP is doing to make Karachi accessible.


27 September 2016

The Memorandum of Understanding signing between UIA and ARCASIA

The Memorandum of Understanding between UIA and ARCASIA was signed by UIA President Ar. Esa Mohamed and ARCASIA President Ar. Sathirut Nui Tandanand at Hong Kong on 27th September 2016 for a period of three (3) years:-
  1. To rationalize the resources of the two Organizations in pertinent activities at all such levels as mutually agreed;
  2. To reinforce the capacity for action of the both Organizations towards third parties where such a co-operation will be of mutual benefit to both organizations;
  3. To explore opportunities for joint positions and/or joint actions of both Organizations towards third parties;
  4. To co-operate in lobbying activities, if and when appropriate and as mutually agreed;
  5. To ensure reciprocal representation at their respective working bodies;
  6. To share information of mutual interest.
The two Organizations undertake to establish a closer cooperation between themselves, with the full knowledge and consent of the executive Councils of both Organizations and after their input and agreement, at all levels of proposed co-operation on a case-by-case basis.

RTHK's Radio Programme on Elderly Friendly Community

October to November 2015

RTHK's Radio Programme on Elderly Friendly Community

Programme details


20 May 2015


20 May 2015
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Auditorium, 1/F. Duke of Windsor Social Service Building, Wanchai, 15 Hennessy Road, Hong Kong

Registration Form


12 March 2010

Public Consultation Session on HKSAR under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

12 March 2010
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Auditorium, 1/F. Duke of Windsor Social Service Building, Wanchai, 15 Hennessy Road, Hong Kong

Initial Report of HKSAR under UNCRPD
Public Consultation Session Registration Reply Slip


30 December 2009

The Government was committed to promoting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Hong Kong to enhance equal opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in the community, the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, said today.

Visit the website on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Hong Kong

Business of Design Week Forum 2008

12 December 2008

BODW Forum 2008 is the highlight of the Business of Design Week 2008. Mr. Joseph Kwan, Chairman of UIA WP, has been invited to share on Quake Solutions - how design and innovation can help the Sichuan region and future quake-affected regions to recover from major earthquakes-sharing smart solutions and best practices.

Please visit BODW Forum 2008 - Quake Solutions for more details.

You can also visit BODW 2009 Website for more information


27 November to 1 December 2006

The 12th International Mobility Conference

The 12th International Mobility Conference will be held in Hong Kong from November 27 to December 1, 2006. The event is hosted by the Hong Kong Society for the Blind.

Please visit The Conference web site for more information


22 - 26 October, 2006

The 2nd International Conference for Universal Design

The 2nd International Conference for Universal Design in Kyoto 2006 will be held in Kyoto 22 - 26 October, 2006. The Conference is hosted by the International Association for Universal Design and the venue will be Kyoto International Conference Hall.

Please visit The 2nd International Conference web site for more information

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