Notice of Annual Meeting and Call for Nominations

Notice of Annual Meeting and Call for Nominations




The 2019 Annual Meeting of the members of the AIA International Region will take place Thursday, June 6, 2019, commencing at 2:00 p.m. (U.S. Pacific Daylight Time), in Room N209, Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109. The meeting will be conducted for the purpose of nominating and electing the First Vice President and the Treasurer whose terms expire at the end of 2019; for receiving the annual reports of the Board and the Treasurer; and for the transaction of such other business as may be appropriate.

WinExpo Facade Conference - Guangzhou

WinExpo Facade Conference - Guangzhou

The AIA International Region developed and hosted a very successful facade conference at the WinExpo trade show in Guangzhou, China from March 4-5, 2019. The theme of the conference was ‘Facade Design and the Impact of Technology”. The IR were brought in by Informa who were the organisers of the trade show. The facade conference drew nearly 300 attendees.

Be a part of the new Global Architecture Billings Index (GABI) initiative!

The AIA – in coordination with partner organizations around the world – is looking to expand theArchitecture Billings Index (ABI) into the international realm. To help the architecture profession better understand business conditions, opportunities and risks around the world, the new Global Architecture Billings Index (GABI) initiative will help monitor design markets across the globe to assess the construction outlook in key countries and regions.

We are currently signing up firms to join the GABI survey panel. As a GABI panelist, you will be asked to complete a brief survey on the firm billings (to indicate if billings have increased, decreased, or stayed the same – we will not request proprietary data!) and business conditions on a quarterly basis. You will receive early access to the survey results before they are published, and may have access to the survey data in the future. 
If you would like to join the GABI survey panel, we ask that you complete a brief background information form. This information will be kept confidential and will not be shared with others or linked back to your firm; it will only be used for analytical purposes and your responses will only be reported in aggregate with others. If you are not the correct person at your firm to provide this type of information and participate in the survey, please share this invitation with the appropriate colleague.

Thank you for your interest, and please contact if you have any questions.

Sign up for the GABI survey panel: Background Information Form


The AIA International Region is delighted to announce that it has signed an agreement with the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) to support them with their Substantial Equivalency program for overseas universities.  Through this initiative, the NAAB hopes to benefit from the broad range of expertise and experience represented by AIA IR’s US registered architects. 


The NAAB Board of Directors established the Substantial Equivalency (SE) program in 2003 in order to extend the organization’s expertise and quality assurance services to international stakeholders. “Substantial equivalency” identifies an architecture program as comparable in educational outcomes in all significant aspects to a U.S.-based program and indicates that it provides an educational experience meeting acceptable standards, even though such program may differ in format or method of delivery. While Substantial Equivalency is not accreditation, SE recognition by the NAAB represents that a program of architecture has achieved the highest standard of quality assurance in professional architecture education.


The process for achieving the SE designation involves three visits to a program: the teams for visits one and two are composed of two people (one practitioner and one educator); the team for visit three is composed of four people (practitioner, educator, regulatory board representative, and recent graduate). The first and second visits are conducted over two days, and the third visit over three and a half days. Each visit focuses on a range of quality assurance measures of the program and an examination of student work against a set of performance criteria. The visiting team records its findings and recommendations in a Visiting Team Report submitted to the International Committee after the visit and later for consideration by the Board of Directors. Completion of the SE process usually requires a minimum of three years. To date twelve architecture programs have achieved the SE designation.

 Please contact us if you would like to participate in this program.


Thierry Paret, FAIA, LEED AP

2018-2019 President

AIA International Region


The 2019 Jury of Fellows has named 115 American Institute of Architects members and nine international architects to its prestigious College of Fellows for achieving a standard of excellence in the profession. Among them, AIA International Region is thrilled to congratulate the following 3 members for their elevation to Fellowship. Advancement is granted for significant achievement in design, preservation, education, literature, and service.


Greg Yager, FAIA – AIA International Chapters and US Territories

Raya Ani, FAIA – AIA New York State and AIA International Chapters and US Territories

Murat Soygenis, FAIA - AIA International Chapters and US Territories


The AIA International Region congratulates the following 9 members for being elevated to Honorary Fellowship for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society on an international level:


Emre Arolat, Hon FAIA – Istanbul, Turkey

Sandra Barclay, Hon FAIA – Lima, Peru

Alberto Campo Baeza, Hon FAIA – Madrid, Spain

Nathalie de Vries, Hon FAIA – Rotterdam, Netherlands

Jane Duncan, Hon FAIA – Little Chalfont, United Kingdom

Amanda Levete, Hon FAIA – London, United Kingdom

Esa Mohamed, Hon FAIA – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Pei Ing Tan, Hon FAIA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Jacob van Rijs - Hon FAIA – Rotterdam, Netherlands

Please congratulate our new fellows on their wonderful achievement.


Learn more about fellowship here.

AIA IR 2018 Conference - Convergence in Singapore

AIA IR 2018 Conference - Convergence in Singapore

The 4th edition of the Annual Conference of the AIA International Region (AIA IR) was held in Singapore from Nov 2nd - Nov 4th, 2018. In Singapore for the first time, this AIA IR 2018 Conference began as an endorsement to a lone voice bid in Prague exactly a year ago for the honor to be city-host. According to Director Yew K Cheong AIA (Chair, AIA IR Conference Planning Committee) the bid was an opportunity to incubate and increase the voice of AIA to its member diaspora in SE Asia. Subsequently, it became a catalyse to entrench change

President's Letter

President's Letter

Dear AIA IR Members,

 I would like to start by wish all of you Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year.  As I complete the first year of my two-year term as your President, I will take this opportunity to summarize our accomplishments in 2018 and will look ahead at our goals for 2019.

 Over the past 12 months, we have accomplished the following:

 ·         Launched a new IR Website.

·         Launched the IR Facebook.

·         Officially Registered the new AIA Canada Chapter as a legal entity.

·         Held the IR Annual Business Meeting in New York during A18.