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 Event Calendar


Details of upcoming competitions, conferences, lectures, and workshops

Events in 2020

UIA COVID-19 Information Hub
Information on UIA website

ISO 21542 Meeting
Online Meeting
ISO/TC 59/SC 16/WG 1
- 29 June – 3 July 2020
- 7-8 September 2020
- 14-15 September 2020
- 1-2 October 2020
- 19-20 October 2020

23-27 November 2020
UIA Architecture for All WP Global Meeting
Online Meeting
- Country Reports
- Updates on Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards 2020
- Updates on UIA ISO Symbol International Design Competition
- UIA Guidelines for Accessible & Inclusive Built Environments
- Plans for UIA RIO 2020 Congress

13 October 2020
UIA Architecture for All WP Webinar (tentative)
Theme: Responding to Natural Disasters & Emergencies: Proposed Inclusive Design Guidelines for Architecture and Town Planning

13 October 2020
Universal Design Conference

5-8 October 2020
XV Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura 2020

5 October 2020
World Architecture Day 2020: Toward a Better Future Webinar – UIA Webinar
Theme: Contributions of Architects on Challenges of Water and Sanitation, Public Spaces, Air Quality, and Housing
Registration | Programme | Speaker Biography

23 September 2020
UIA Architecture for All WP Directors' Meeting
Online Meeting
- Country Reports
- UIA ISO Symbol International Design Competition
- Proposed webinar on 13 October 2020
- Proposal on Global meeting
- Plans for Congress UIA RIO 2021

12 September 2020
ARCASIA Emergency Architects (AEA) – ARCASIA Committee on Social Responsibility (ACSR) Workshop Series 1
Online Workshop
Topic: Co-Inventing Built Environment

July-August 2020
Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Lecture Series
Lecture 1: Introduction to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (2 Jul 2020)
Lecture 2: Planning for Rapid Urbanisation (9 Jul 2020)
Lecture 3: Planned City Extensions (16 Jul 2020)
Lecture 4: Resilient Infrastructure (23 Jul 2020)
Lecture 5: Climate Responsive Design (30 Jul 2020)
Lecture 6: Heritage-led Regeneration (6 Aug 2020)
Lecture 7: Sustainable Outcomes (13 Aug 2020)
Review of the Lectures

12 May 2020
ARCASIA Committee on Social Responsibility (ACSR) & ARCASIA Emergency Architects (AEA) Webinar
Topic: COVID-19 Virtual Engagement Meeting

24 April 2020
UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards 2020 – Stage 2 Judging (Postponded due to COVID-19 outbreak)
Venue: Warsaw, Poland

17 January 2020
ARCASIA Committee on Social Responsibility (ACSR) Book 2019
View online

16 January 2020
UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards 2020 – Stage 1 Judging Online Meeting

International Design for All Foundation Awards 2020
Submission Period: 1 January 2019 to 21 February 2020

Events in 2019
13-15 September 2019
ARCASIA Committee on Social Responsibility (ACSR) Roundtable and Site Visit in Macau
Venue: Hong Kong and Macau
Theme: “Design for Resiliency; Our Social Conscience”
Guest Speaker: Prof. ZHU Jingxiang (CUHK)

26-28 June 2019
RI Asia and Pacific Regional Conference 2019
Venue: Macau, China
Theme: Together, leaving no one behind, in disability-inclusive and rights-based progress

24 June 2019
HKIA Fire Safety CPD Seminar
Title: The Revision of International Standard ISO 21542
'Building Construction - Accessibility & Usability of the Built Environment' (2011) and Fire Safety for All – Nobody Left Behind!
Venue: Hong Kong
Speaker: C.J. Walsh and Joseph Kwan
Panel Speaker: Kelvin IP (HK registered Architect), Pauline Pang (HKSARG Buildings Department), Lee Kin-chung (HKSARG Fire Services Department)

7-11 June 2019
UIA International Forum 2019
Venue: Baku, Azerbaijan

13 April 2019
UIA Sustainable Development Goals Dhaka Declaration
Online version of declaration

2-6 April 2019
UIA Architecture for All WP R-I Meeting
Venue: Praca do Municipio, 31, 1100-365 Lisboa (1st Floor-Friday) Lisbon
- Country Reports
- AfA Work Group
- Standardisation Work
- UN Sustainable Developent Goals
- UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards 2020
- UIA Congress
- Finances

26-28 February 2019
ISO Standards 21542 Review Meeting
Venue: Madrid, Spain

16 January 2019
Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 18/19 Presentation Ceremony
Venue: Hong Kong
UIA Architecture for All WP website – Gold Award
Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme

Events in 2018
30 October - 2 November 2018
Universal Design & Higher Education in Transformation Congress
Congress Website / Newsletter

21 September 2018
International Design for All Foundation Awards 2018
Website / 20 Good Practices recognized by the organiser

6 September 2018
Universal Design Conference

4-5 September 2018
The 3rd Australian Universal Design Conference
The closing date for submissions is 28 February 2018.
Conference Website / Newsletter

26-30 August 2018
20th International Ergonomics Association Congress in Florence
Ergonomics in Design for All Technical Committee
Congress Website / Newsletter

2-3 July 2018
UIA Architecture for All WP R-I Meeting in Luxembourg
Members met at Forum da Vinci (Chamber of Architects) / Report from AfA Region lll / Report from AfA Region lV / A Research to inform the development and delivery of UD CPD Irl / Article from Le Monde Economie by L P Grosbois / Country Reports from Belgium, Italy, Ireland

23-28 May 2018
XIV Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura 2018

11 April 2018
UIA Architecture for All WP R-III Meeting
Date: 11 April 2018 (Wednesday)
Venue: Central Society of Architects, Montevideo Street, 938

This meeting will be held in conjunction with another event hosted by this institution on Population Ageing in the afternoon:
  1. 09:00 to 14:00 Seminar UIA: "Towards a responsible and sustainable architecture for the elderly"
  2. 16:30 a 21:00 Seminar of the SCA: "Population Ageing and the future of cities". There will be three round table topics, namely:
    1. What components should the cities of tomorrow have to ensure a better quality of life of the elderly?
    2. What will be the impact of new technologies on architecture and urbanism facing population ageing?
    3. What sort of innovations should the urban design have as to population ageing, the increase of the urbanization process and the ever-increasing gentrification?

14 March 2018
"Next Stop, 2048" - Accessibility challenge

22 February 2018
CIC Inclusive Environment Briefing 1
Online Registration
Events in 2017
27 November 2017
UIA approved Yisabu Dokdo Memorial Park International Competition
Daegu Architectural Culture Confederation (DACC) would like to invite creative architects to join an international competition for architectural ideas. The competition is approved by UIA and thus will be in accordance with UIA regulations.
Competition Website #1 / Competition Website #2

11, 13 October 2017
Results of the two Seminars of the WP AfA RIII UIA.

"Friendly and Inclusive Architecture". International Biennial of Architecture in Buenos Aires, October 11, 2017.
"MONTEVIDEO". Society of Architects of Uruguay in SAU, October 13, 2017.
Seminars Result / Event Photo

3-10 September 2017
UIA World Congress 2017 Seoul

UIA AfA WP - Booths and Business Meeting, Draft UIA UD-A Policy (3-4 September 2017)

UIA AfA WP - Study Visit & Architectural Tour cum Dinner (5 September 2017)

Oral Presentations cum Award Ceremony
  • Segundo Cardona, Puerto Rico "Paseo Puerta de Tierra"
  • Sean Harrington, Ireland "Malahide Parish Centre"
  • Andreas Lampropoulos, Greece "Rehabilitation of Karpenisi Town Centre"
  • Alice Yeung Lai-fong, Hong Kong "Kwun Tong Promenade"
  • Roberto Ameneiro Galdo, Bolivia "Libertador Station, La Paz Teleferic System"
  • Kensuke Aisaka, Japan "Amanenomori Nursery School"
  • Doan Ha, Vietnam "BE Friendly Space"
  • Kenneth Tse, Hong Kong "Viva Blue House"
  • Berta Brusilovsky Filer, Spain research "A Model for the Design and Evaluation of Accessible Spaces and Participatory Methodology with Users, for the Easy Understanding of Environments and Buildings"
UIA AfA WP - Symposium/Open Debate "Why are Architects NOT designing Responsible Architecture?" (6 September 2017)

14 January 2017
HKCSS Future Camp @ 2017 - Building Community for Aging in Place
UIA Region IV Achitecture for All Work Programme is one of the supporting organizations of upcoming Future Camp and the session of Deliberation Day on 14 Jan 2017.
Events in 2016
16 October 2016 (in Quito Ecuador)
A High Level Meeting and Forum on Disability Inclusion and Accessible Urban Development
Provisional Programme

28 September 2016
UIA Region IV Meeting in Hong Kong

28 September 2016
UIA Symposium on 'Asian Age-friendly City' on 28 September 2016 in Hong Kong
With the support of The Hong Kong Institute of Architect (HKIA), UIA organized the "UIA Symposium on Asian Age-friendly City" on 28 Sep 2016 to coincide with ARCASIA Congress for Architects (ACA17) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. UIA President Ar. Esa Mohamed, RIV WG members Ar. Allen Kong (Australia), Ar. Norwina Nawawi (Malaysia) and SH (Hong Kong) and other WP Directors presented their works with overall 300+ delegates attending this Symposium from the Asia-Pacific region.
Group Photo

17 August 2016
Seminar on Accessibility and Universal Design in Architecture in Dhaka, Bangladesh, by Joseph Kwan
The seminar is jointly presented by Institute of Bangladesh (IAB), Bangladesh Institute for Planners (BIP) and Work for Better Bangladesh (WBB).
Abstract (Joseph Kwan)

26-27 July 2016
Innovation for Social Equality 2016 in Bangkok
Ar. Joseph Kwan was the keynote speaker to present the topic of "Movement and Development on Accessibility Issues" at the conference Innovation for Social Equality 2016 between 26 and 27 Jul 2016 in Bangkok.
Conference programme

22-24 April 2016
IAPex-2016 in Karachi, Pakistan
Technical Session 2: Accessibility and Universal Design in the 21st Century by Joseph Kwan.

6-8 April 2016
7th Annual Affordable Housing Projects in Kuala Lumpur
Ar. Stephen Ho acted as Chairperson under stream 2 of 7th Annual Affordable Housing Projects from 6 April to 8 April 2016.
Events in 2015
12 November 2015
UIA Region IV Meeting in ARCASIA Forum 18 on 12 November 2015 in Ayutthaya, Thailand

4 November 2015
Age Friendly Housing Seminar in Hong Kong
UIA is supporting an Age Friendly Housing Seminar in Hong Kong at which Region lV AfA Director Joseph Kwan will be a panellist and Deputy Director Ar. Stephen Ho will attend.

29 August 2015
Hong Kong Urban Thinkers Campus
Ar. Joseph Kwan and Ar. Stephen Ho, represented UIA AfA Region lV at the Hong Kong Urban Thinkers Campus : Who has a right to Asia's World City, part of UN Habitat's World Urban Campaign, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

April 17 2015
UIA Region IV Council Meeting on April 17 2015 in Manila, Philippines

9-10 April 2015
Fire Safety for All Conference in Dublin
Two members of the AfA WP, Monika Klenovec from Austria and Region lV Director Ar. Joseph Kwan from Hong Kong, were invited to present at an international conference on Fire Safety for All held in Dublin in April 2015.

13, 22 January 2015
Design Manual - Barrier Free Access Access Seminar, Macau
Ar. Joseph Kwan as one of the Speakers delivered a presentation to design professionals, social welfare department, housing department and NGO.
Events in 2014
4-7 December 2014
5th International Conference on Accessible Tourism 2014,Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Ar. Joseph Kwan spoke on "Mainstream Accessible Tourism in National Development".

December 2014
MTR Hong Kong University Station organised by Ar. Joseph Kwan
Ar. Joseph Kwan and Stephen Ho Organised site visits and exchanges within Region IV to significant projects that exemplify best practice on accessibility.

17 November 2014
Universal Design and Accessibility at Institute of Information Technology in Islamabad, Pakistan
Ar. Joseph Kwan Presentation to architectural students of COMSATS.

15-17 November 2014
IAP International Forum on Social Responsibility Conference in Islamabad, Pakistan
Ar. Joseph Kwan spoke on "Architecture and Social Responsiblility".

15-17 September 2014
Guidelines on Universal Accessible Transport for Asia & the Pacific in Manila, Philippines
Ar. Joseph Kwan gave presentation for Guidelines on Universal Accessible Transport for Asia & the Pacific.

19 August 2014
Universal Design Africa Conference in Cape Town, South Africa
Ar. Joseph Kwan presented on "Universal Accessible Transport" and Ar. Fionnuala Rogerson on "Universal Design - a global perspective".

6 August 2014
UIA Congress 2014 Durban
UIA Work Programme on Architecture for round table discussion on "Inclusive Design as an essential component in the creation of friendly architectural environments".
UIA-Durban Street Project
Programme Rundown
UIA Region IV Final Report 2011-2014

3-10 August 2014
Exhibition in the UIA Congress 2014 in Durban, South Africa
More information
Events in 2013
4-10 October 2013
UIA Region IV Committee Meeting in ARCASIA Forum 17 in Kathmandu, Nepal
Events in 2012
18 January 2012
Organizing "Inclusive Transport and Accessible Travel Conference 2012"

3 May 2012
CPD Seminar on "Beyond Barrier Free Access & Access Consultancy" on 3 May 2012 at HKIA Premises

10 May 2012
CPD Seminar on "Understanding Design for People with Disabilities" on 10 May 2012 at HKIA Premises

3 December 2012
CPD Seminar on Quality of Life for All Ages, by Design on 3 December 2012 at HKIA Premises

Events in 2011

26-28 September 2011
UIA Congress 2011 TOKYO

UIA Work Programme on Architecture for All Oral Presentation on Accessibility, Aging and Disability: Education & Practice (26 September 2011)
Programme Rundown

Oral Presentations
UIA Region IV Work Programme on Architecture for All Exhibition (26 - 28 September 2011)
Exhibition Panels (Part 1 / Part 2)

Study Visit to the Aging Society in Kawasaki-City (27 September 2011)

UIA Region IV WP Final Report 2008 - 2011

28 May 2011

Mr. Joseph Kwan attended the UIA Work Programme Directors' Meeting in Paris. Please click here for the agenda.

UIA Region IV WP Intermediate Report 2008 - 2011

Events in 2010
1-2 March 2010
Mr. Joseph Kwan attended the National Conference on "Accessibility and Universal Design: Implications for Public Transport and the Built Environment" on 1-2 March 2010 in Malaysia
Programme Rundown of the Conference

3-5 March 2010
Mr. Joseph Kwan attended the Inter-country Meeting for Promotion of Inclusivity in Education, Employment, Health & Well Being of Persons with Disability in the South-East Asia Region on 3-5 March 2010 in New Delhi
Mobile Lift - User Perspective & Technical Assessment Report

26 March 2010
Social Venture HK Seminar: "Barrier-Free Design: A Daily-Life Perspective" on 26 March 2010.

19-22 May 2010
Urban Barrier Free Environment Symposium
Hong Kong Architects Reconstruction Taskforce, Ms. Rosman Wai served as a guest speaker at the "Urban Barrier Free Symposium" organized by the Zhe Jiang Association for the Disabled.

2-4 June 2010
HKIA serves as the supporting organization of TRANED 2010, which will be held during 2 - 4 June 2010.

Events in 2009

21 November 2009
Seminar by Mr. Joseph Kwan - The Universal Accessibility Approach towards Inclusive Society for All on 21 November 2009.
Abstract of the Seminar

10 August 2009
CPD talk to HKIA on "Architecture for All - Universal Accessibility" on 10 August 2009 at HKIA Premises

28 July 2009
HKIA Supplier Series by DORMA Door Controls Limited Barrier Free Access 2008 (Division 10): Doors (Door Closing Devices & Automatic Door) on 28 July 2009 at HKIA Premises

Events in 2008

31 August 2008
Workshop on Innovating through Inclusive Design will be held on 31 August 2008 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at G/F, InnoCentre, 72 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
For details of workshop and registration, please visit

22-27 June 2008
"UIA WP Public Health Seminar" in Florence (Italy).

29 June - 3 July 2008
UIA Congress 2008, Turin
The 23rd international Congress of the International Union of Architects (UIA) would be held in Turin from 29 June to 3 July 2008. The organisers of the 2008 Turin Congress invite all the world's architects to submit contributions according to the orientations mentioned above: culture, democracy, and hope. All submissions must be made electronically, through the congress website. The deadline for submitting contributions is 19 October 2007.
UIA Turin 2008 website:
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Events in 2007

Overseas Meeting Engagements Related to Other UIA Work Programmes in 2007

29 November - 1 December 2007
International Student Workshop
The International Student Workshop would be held at Turin from 29 November to 1 December 2007. The Workshop is hosted by UIA Work Programme "Architecture for All" Region 1.

Inclusive Design in Architecture, Landscape and Urban Design
Architect Mariabeatrice Picco
DISET Politecnico di Torino, Corso duca degli Abruzzi no. 24, Turin, Italy
For more information, please click here.

15-20 September 2007
ARCASIA 2007 - 28th Council Meeting & Forum 14
The 28th ARCASIA Council Meeting and Forum 14 will be held from 15 to 20 September 2007 in Sri Lanka. It is hosted by Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA) and the Conference Theme is 'ASIANATION'- Architecture Across Culture.
Download Meeting program details
Download The flyer and registration forms of the Meeting

18-22 June 2007
The 11st International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED)
The 11st International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED) was held in Montreal, Canada from 18 to 22 June 2007. The event was hosted by Transport Canada.
Learn more about The TRANSED's 11st International Conference