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


1st UNESCO-UIA & MIDO Student Prize for Responsible Architecture

1st UNESCO-UIA & MIDO Student Prize for Responsible Architecture Corporate partner | SEOUL 2017 | Architectural Education | Competitions | Schools

The Education Commission of the International Union of Architects (UIA) is pleased to announce the 1st UNESCO-UIA & MIDO Student Design Prize for Responsible Architecture for the 2015-2017 triennium.  Administered by the UIA, and sponsored by the UIA and MIDO Watches, this program is intended to provide architecture students in the ten UNESCO-UIA validated and candidate schools, working individually or in teams, with a platform for recognition and reward for their best academic design projects focused on Responsible Architecture.  The prize is also intended to promote the UNESCO-UIA validated schools and the UNESCO-UIA Validation System.

The theme of the competition is Responsible Architecture.  This is in response to the call of Habitat III for the New Urban Agenda as follows, (excerpted from “Habitat III New Urban Agenda”, 10 September 2016):

“By 2050 the world urban population is expected to nearly double, making urbanization one of the 21st century’s most transformative trends. As the population, economic activities, social and cultural interactions, as well as environmental and humanitarian impacts, are increasingly concentrated in cities, this poses massive sustainability challenges in terms of housing, infrastructure, basic services, food security, health, education, decent jobs, safety, and natural resources, among others.

We are still far from adequately addressing these and other existing and emerging challenges; and there is a need to take advantage of the opportunities of urbanization as an engine of sustained and inclusive economic growth, social and cultural development, and environmental protection, and of its potential contributions to the achievement of transformative and sustainable development.

We commit to urban and rural development that is people-centred, protects the planet, and is age-and gender-responsive, and to the realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, facilitating living together, ending all forms of discrimination and violence, and empowering all individuals and communities, while enabling their full and meaningful participation. We further commit to promote culture and respect for diversity, and equality as key elements in the humanization of our cities and human settlements.”


  • 8 December 2016 – Prize announced and launched
  • 1 February 2017 – Registration Deadline
  • 1 April 2017 – Submission Deadline
  • 19-20 April 2017 – Jury
  • May 2017 – Winners announced
  • September 2017 – Winning projects displayed at the UIA Congress, Seoul, Korea


The deans and/or their designees of invited schools are asked to submit and enter up to three student design projects from each school.  All student entrants are required to have worked under the direction of a faculty sponsor.  Entries will be accepted for individual as well as teams.  Teams must be limited to a maximum of three students.  Submissions should be principally the product of work in an upper-level (last year of a degree program) design studio or related class.  Entries should be work principally developed between December 2015 and March of 2017.  (It is understood that the students of some of the submitted work will have received their degrees, and no longer be students, but the work must have been completed by them prior to their graduation.)

First, Second and Third prizes will be awarded, in addition to a selected number of honourable mentions, all at the discretion of the jury. MIDO has provided a total of 5,000 CFH will be distributed to the winners, divided at the discretion of the jury, as well as watches for the prize winners.

The First Place winners will also receive a stipend to attend the 2017 UIA Congress in Seoul, Korea. Award winning projects will be displayed and winners will be recognized at the UIA Congress.


Entries will be judged on their success in proposing Responsible Architecture to fulfil the aspirations of the New Urban Agenda.


The jury of esteemed architects are associated with the work of the UNESCO-UIA Validation Commission.  None of the jurors have any associations with the validated schools.

  • David Gloster, UK
  • Vity Claude Nsalambi, Angola
  • Dr. Jana Revedin, (UNESCO representative and President of the jury), Austria
  • Kate Schwennsen, USA
  • Vladimir Slapeta, Czeck Republic
  • Nuno Soares, Macao
  • Fani Vavili, Greece


The deans and/or their designees of invited programs will register their entries via email by 5:00 pm GMT 1 February 2017, to:

Emily Bonin
UIA Officer in Charges of UIA Prizes and Competitions
UIA-International Union of Architects
Tel. +33 1 45 24 72 45


Success for the International Conference on Architecture and Climate Change

This year the UIA together with the National Council of the Order of Architects (CNOA Morocco) in partnership with the African Union of Architects (AUA), the Union of the Mediterranean Architects (UMAR) and the Organization of the Arab Architects (OAA) organized the International Conference “Architecture and Climate Change” to commemorate the UNFCC’s COP 22 in Marrakech comes at the most appropriate moment to reinforce the commitments for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.  The event was a great success with more than 400 participants attending the daylong conference at the Palais de Congress, Marrakech on 7th November 2016. It was officiated in the morning by the Morrocan Honorable Minister Driss Merroun, Minister of Urbanism and Planning and Honorable Minister Mohamed Nabil Benabdellah, Minister of Housing and City Policy, indicating the awareness of the government of Morocco on the important role that the architects play to combat the impact of climate change. The Honorable Minister Mohamed Nabil articulated this very well in his keynote speech.
Many thanks and congratulations to the National Council of the Order of Architects (CNOA Morocco) for taking the lead in organizing this conference particularly the President Abdelouahid Montassir and convener Mohamed Omran Chaoui for working hard to make the conference a success.
While there were a diverse number of eminent international speakers, the message was clear and in common for all to observe the need to revolutionize our approach to design and planning that would ensure sustainable and resilient human settlement. The challenge for architects is to develop solutions that will drastically reduce the energy consumption and emission of GHG that are related to buildings. It includes measures for carbon neutral building developments and planning of cities.  Alternative methods of transportation and urban mobility are to be explored to reduce the dependence on fossil fuel.On the 9th November, the Global Alliance on Building and Construction group conducted a round table discussion to see the future of the building and construction industry. The roundtable also served as a precursor to the larger side event of the “Buildings Day’ on 10th November.

Nearly 20% of GHG emission globally is related to buildings and the GABC aims to promote aggressively for zero carbon development measures with a roadmap and template for building. The rate of urbanization that will result in the 70% of the world population living in cities means the volume of building will grow accordingly. The energy demand will increase by 5o% in 2050.  Measures to increase investments in energy efficiency, low carbon building design and construction, use of renewable energy, recycling waste to energy must be taken.
Climate change initiative is not going to be dependent on governments alone, particularly when there are several levels of governments. At the local level, the cooperation between the public and private sector is crucial to achieve these objectives. Engaging the community in building capacity and developing knowledge to benefit from the climate change initiatives is also important. A number of agencies in various countries have embarked on networking and partnership to share knowledge and experiences through “city to city” initiatives as an example.
The COP 22 village where meetings, seminars and exhibitions are held is a huge complex, which is very well planned, and user friendly. The exhibition pavilions are spacious and it is evident that the countries that participated were committed and serious in pursuing the opportunities in the climate change challenges. New technologies were being exhibited and local governments and communities are deploying proactive measures on energy efficiency.
Esa Mohamed
UIA President


UIA 2017 SEOUL Congress: Participate!

► Abstracts submission deadline extended

Architects may send in their contributions for the 27th UIA Congress, Seoul 2017, until 5 January 2017. The Congress will take place from 3 – 10 September 2017 at the COEX Centre and at Dongdaemun Conception Plaza in Seoul. The academic programme for the Congress will focus on research and architectural designs on the Congress’ theme: “Soul of the City”.

The organisers of the Seoul 2017 Congress invite all architects to contribute a reflection on one of the principle sub-themes: Culture, Future, Nature. Proposals on themes other than the forementioned sub-themes are welcome on the condition that they relate to the main theme of the

The procedure can be completed online and only in English:


Special session


The fourth edition of the newsletter dedicated to the next World Congress of Architects in Seoul, Korea (3-10 September 2017) has just been published.

It can be viewed at this address.

It is also possible to register online on the website.

The UIA Congress is one of the most prestigious gatherings of architects in the world! Thank you for sharing this newsletter UIA 2017 Seoul Congress and for keeping an eye out for news about the congress.


Architects worldwide will meet in Seoul from 3 to 10 September 2017 for the 27th World Congress of the International Union of Architects. This year’s theme will be “Soul of the City”.

Discounted rates will be available for the first 2,000 registrations: 270 USD for participants, 60 USD for students and 150 USD for accompanying persons.

Registration can be completed on line on the Congress website. Payment, exclusively in dollars, can be made with credit card or by bank transfer.

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