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The Daylight Award 2020

As you may know, The Daylight Award, organised by the UIA’s long-term partner, The VELUX Foundations, is accepting nominations until 1 November 2019.The Daylight Award includes two categories. Daylight in Architecture is awarded to individuals or a group of architects whose projects showcase unique use of daylight. Special emphasis will be put on architecture that considers the overall quality of human life and its value to society. The Daylight Award for Research will be given to an individual or a group of researchers, whose work puts special emphasis on the effects of daylight on human health, well-being and performance.

The winner in each category will receive a financial compensation of €100,000. For more information on the Daylight Award and its laureates from 2018, please see its YouTube channel.We encourage you to share the call for nominations with your Member Sections in order to obtain expert recommendations of qualified expert candidates with notable experience in daylight research and the unique use of daylight in architecture. 

Do note that self-nominations are discouraged. However, nominations of distinguished architects by their peers are welcome. Send an email to the Special Advisor with the nominee’s name and contact information.The UIA is proud to be able to offer The VELUX Foundations our valuable expertise and global reach in the service of the innovative and prestigious The Daylight Award. We welcome your valuable contributions!
THOMAS VONIERPresident, International Union of Architects

UIA WORLD ARCHITECTURE DAY

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WORLD ARCHITECTURE DAY – 7 OCTOBER 2019The UIA marks World Architecture Day on the first Monday of every October, to celebrate the power and value of architecture. It is an occasion for its Member Sections throughout the world to stage events and actions that advance architecture in the public eye.This year’s theme will be “Architecture… housing for all”, exploring how architects can contribute to solutions ensuring universal access to safe housing. The UIA invites its Member Sections to share information about events for this year’s World Architecture Day at: news@uia-architectes.orgFind out more and download the poster
UNESCO-UIA WORLD CAPITAL OF ARCHITECTUREThe Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Crivella, launched the Rio 2020 Council for the first UNESCO-UIA World Capital of Architecture programme on 10 September 2019. UIA Working Bodies and Member Sections are invited to participate in the World Capital of Architecture Programme by submitting proposals for events to Rio de Janeiro City Hall.Find out more
UIA WORLD CONGRESS COPENHAGEN 2023The Danish Association of Architects, part of the Nordic Member Section of the UIA, has launched the website of the UIA World Congress of Architects: Copenhagen 2023. The event will take place on 2-7 July 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The congress theme will be “Sustainable Futures: Leave No One Behind” examining how architecture can contribute to the achievement of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.Find out more
COMPETITIONS AND PRIZES▼
2020 INTERNATIONAL VELUX AWARDRegistration is open for the International VELUX Award (IVA), a biennial ideas competition for students of architecture. It invites students from all over the world to create projects investigating the role of daylight in our everyday lives. The award has been endorsed by the UIA since 2004.Find out more
LIANG SICHENG ARCHITECTURE PRIZEThe nomination process has begun for the 2020 Liang Sicheng Architecture Prize. Organised by the Architectural Society of China, the prize awards architects, architectural theorists and architectural educators who have made significant achievements and outstanding contributions in the architectural field. The deadline is 10 December 2019.Find out more
UIA-CBC INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIVE CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOPThe 2019 UIA-CBC International Colleges and Universities Competitive Construction Workshop reached its conclusion on 18 August. The workshop, co-hosted by Siyang County People’s Government, CBC (China Building Centre) and the Tianjin University School of Architecture, is the first, and currently the only, competitive construction workshop in China to receive official recognition and support from the UIA.Find out more
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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS COMMISSIONArchitects around the world are invited to submit exemplary architecture projects to be included in the second edition of ‘An Architecture Guide to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals’. The Commission is accepting architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning projects that illustrate the different ways in which architecture can contribute to the achievement of one or several of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The deadline for submission is 20 October 2019. This Commission will meet on 16 October in Cairo (Egypt).Find out more
ARCHITECTURE AND CHILDREN WORK PROGRAMMEMembers of the Architecture and Children Work Programme will take part in Denkraum Bauhaus, the 6th international symposium on the mediation of Architecture on 27-29 September 2019 in Weimar, Germany. They will present the UIA publication “An architecture guide to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals” and discuss the importance of educating children about the built environment.Find out more
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2020 International Velux Award

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13 SEPTEMBER 2019
2020 INTERNATIONAL VELUX AWARD

The International VELUX Award (IVA) is a biennial ideas competition for students of architecture. It invites students from all over the world to create projects investigating the role of daylight in our everyday lives. The award has been endorsed by the UIA since 2004.
The theme of the 2020 edition is “Light of Tomorrow”. It seeks to challenge the future of daylight in the built environment with an open-minded and experimental approach. Its objective is to widen the boundaries of daylight in architecture, including aesthetics, functionality, sustainability, and the interaction between buildings and environment.

The International VELUX Award has enjoyed increasing numbers of participants since its inception in 2004. The last edition saw over 4 000 registered students and over 600 submitted projects from ambitious, innovative and thoughtful future architects.

CATEGORIES
Teams or individual future architects (assisted by an architecture professor from their accredited institution) may choose between two categories: Daylight in Buildings (“projects that demonstrate applicable principles for providing daylight and sunlight into buildings”)
and Daylight Investigations (“projects that look at the physical properties of light, basics of optics and materials, as well as technological developments, new materials, storage or transportation of daylight”). Multidisciplinary teams, including students in the domains of design, engineering and landscaping, are encouraged.

The jury will select 5 regional winners in each category, who will then progress to the final round, presenting their projects to the jury at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam (the Netherlands). The jury will then select two global winners, one in each category.

CRITERIA
Projects are evaluated according to the following criteria:
The work with daylighting as a premise for architecture.
How the project is researched and documented.
How the project addresses contemporary and future challenges.
The level of experimentation and innovation.
The overall graphic presentation of the project, how the project presents itself.

JURY
The names of the jury members will be announced shortly.

CALENDAR
Registration opens: 1 September 2019
Registration closes and submission period opens: 1 April 2020
Deadline for questions: 1 April 2020
Submission deadline; project upload: 15 June 2020
Jury meeting: 25-26 June 2020
Winners announcement and online exhibition: December 2020
For more information, visit the award website

Invitation to the 7th Edition of The Real Estate Development Summit – West Africa – RED West Africa

The 7th  Edition of The Real Estate Development Summit – West Africa is all set to take place at the

Eko Hotels & Suites in Lagos, Nigeria on the 28th & 29th October.

The West African edition brings together a wide canvas of 80 Solution Providers, 30+ Speakers, 150+ VIP delegates and a fleet of industry thought leaders, Hotel Owners, Hotel Operators, Developers, Architects, Designers, Consultants, Solution Providers, Technology Consultants and Investors. The summit encompasses session around challenges that Project Holders and Solution Providers face on common grounds and evaluate the best practices in revisiting strategies that bring about a paradigm shift in the way real estate industry functions.

With growing challenges in the real estate sector each day, the summit aims to address a gamut of issues and challenges with respect to finding suitable suppliers with quality and pricing, while also maintaining their internationalstandards and practices. The summit also serves as a ground for face – to-face meetings that add a personal touch in fostering meaningful business relationships that will help investors and suppliers to seal prospective business opportunities.

The key attendees for the RED summit include executives and key decision makers from the Residential, Hospitality, Commercial, and Mixed-use sectors. Hospitality sectortops the list with 45% attendees. The Residential sector follows with 30% and commercial ranks third with 15%.

An expert-led panel discussion forum with thought leaders will throw light on the latest market trends that will educate and inspire change in the real estate sector. The event will also serve as a ground for suppliers to showcase their niche products and services to Project Holders.

The RED summit will be apotential ground forendless opportunities to connect with people pertaining to theirrespective fields on many different levels through B2B meetings. The predefined agendas in B2B meetings will facilitatein in-depth analysis of preferences of buyers and suppliers and lays a strong foundation forbusiness transactions.

To participate in the Summit, orto know more, visit http://bit.ly/2ktiPQt orcontact GBB at  marketing@gbbventure.com.

IV Baku International Architecture Award

Dear Colleagues,

The Union of Architects of Azerbaijan informs that it continues accepting applications for participation in the Fourth Edition of the Baku International Architecture Award, held with the support of the International Union of Architects:  https://competition.uia-architectes.org//en/competitions/fourth-international-baku-architecture-award.html    

Deadline for the reception of entries – May 20, 2019.

The Award is held every two years by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan and is a significant and authoritative event not only for architects around the world but for the entire cultural community.

This year the Award will take place in the framework of the International Architecture Forum on Mass tourism in historic cities to be held on June 7-9, 2019 in Baku ( http://uia2019baku.org ). In this context, the categories of the Award are changed to reflect the topics of the Forum.

Participation in such a prestigious event, during which the best works are recognised, will allow architects to demonstrate their high level of creativity and to strengthen their professional authority.

The geography of previous editions covered almost all the continents of the world – from North America to Australia, from Europe to the countries of the African continent. In addition to monetary awards, the winners of the competition also receive the winner’s Cup – a symbol of the Baku Award and a Certificate. Their names and works are published in the Award Catalog and are also displayed on the UIA website. The Award jury consists of world-famous architects.

We invite all colleagues to participate in the competition. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate your creativity to the whole world!

The Union of Architects of Azerbaijan

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.
ELIGIBILITYThis competition is open to anyone. Submissions can be made as an individual or as a team.
TIMELINELaunch: Tuesday 2 April 2019Deadline for submitting questions: Friday 31 May 2019 at 18h Paris timeSubmission deadline: Friday 21 June 2019 at 18h Paris timeJury meeting: Friday 19 July 2019Announcement of results: Wednesday 31 July 2019

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Winners announced in KFAS headquarters design competition (Kuwait)

Topotek 1 (Switzerland/Germany) has been officially announced as the winner of the international competition for the design of the new headquarters of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences  (KFAS).The competition was organised as an international, restricted two-phase architecture competition preceded by an open pre-selection procedure. Its objective was to design the new KFAS headquarters and conference centre as part of a master plan aiming to develop an attractive location for science in Ras-Al Ard area, the northeastern tip of the Salmiyan peninsula in Kuwait. 

Speaking during the presentation, the winning team, led by Dan Budik and Martin Rein-Cano, described its design explaining that the “concept for the KFAS site envisions an inviting green public space along the harbour that merges seamlessly with the existing coastal promenade and – like an elegant necklace that accentuates sparkling jewels – connects two striking new landmarks to the KFAS Science Centre, further enriching Kuwait’s exciting architectural landscape.”
The jury praised the winning design “as a courageous, consistent contribution whose conceptual and structural approach delivers the implementation of all functional requirements and sensitivity towards a traditional context.”
Subsequent prizes were awarded as follows:
2nd prize: Metaform architects (Luxembourg)
3rd prize: Querkraft architekten zt gmbh (Austria)
4th prize: Nasrine Seraji Architect (France), with Petitdidierprioux Architects (France), VS-A (Hong Kong, China), and Djao-Rakitine LTD (United Kingdom)
The competition  was organised by KFAS and managed by German agency [phase eins]. It was launched on 26 March 2018 with the endorsement of the UIA, which was represented on the jury by Italian architect Luca Molinari.
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Dhaka Declaration – UIA Sustainable Development Commission

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.Dowload the full declaration here

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The 2020 President-elect, the 2019-2020 Secretary, and an At-large Director were elected in New York City

Three new leaders were elected at AIA Conference on Architecture 2018, including the 2020 President-elect.

2019 First Vice President/2020 President-elect

L. Jane Frederick, FAIA, from AIA South Carolina, was elected 2019 First Vice President/2020 President-elect.

From 2016 to 2017, she served as an At-large Director on AIA National’s Board of Directors while chairing the Public Outreach Committee and serving on the Board Visibility & Engagement Task Force. Previously, she was the South Atlantic Regional Director from 2012 to 2015. She also chaired the Small Firm Round Table’s Executive Committee in 2014 and served as president of AIA South Carolina in 2010.

“To create a future with better buildings, better communities, and a better world, we have to be flexible, nimble, and seize opportunities to turn dilemmas into advantages,” she says. “As architects, when we are at our best, we don’t talk about the future—we create it.”

A principal at Frederick + Frederick Architects since 1989, she received her B.Arch. from Auburn University.

2019-2020 Secretary

Jason Winters, AIA, from AIA Chesapeake Bay/AIA Maryland, was elected 2019-2020 Secretary.

He recently served on AIA’s Strategic Council, both as the moderator and liaison to the National Associates Committee. His AIA service includes terms on the Continuing Education Committee, the Public Awareness & Advocacy Committee, and the Federal Architecture Task Group. In 2014 he served as president of AIA Maryland; he was also president of AIA Chesapeake Bay in 2008.

“I believe the Secretary should continue to fulfill the vision of repositioning the Institute,” he says, “placing AIA as a robust professional organization with prominent leadership in all aspects of the built environment—past, present and future.”

A principal at Kezlo Group since 2013, he received a B.Arch. from Drexel University, a M.Arch. from Syracuse University, and a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts at Johns Hopkins University.

2019-2021 At-large Director

Jessica Sheridan, AIA, from AIA New York Chapter/AIA New York, was elected an At-large Director.

In 2018, she served on AIA National’s Board Knowledge Committee after a three-year stint as a New York Regional Representative on the AIA Strategic Council. She was also named an AIA Louise Bethune Fellow in 2018 and received an AIA Young Architects Award in 2017.

“We are experiencing a pivotal moment at AIA,” she says. “Connecting with our membership is more important now than ever. We need to be ambitious and proactive. AIA must think boldly and aspirationally about our profession.”

A senior associate at Mancini Duffy since 2017, she received a B.A. in Visual Arts and Architecture from Oberlin College and her M.Arch. from the Rhode Island School of Design.

To view the full AIA Board of Directors and Strategic Council, visit aia.org/leadership.