WinDoor Expo Conference - Guangzhou

WinDoor Expo Conference - Guangzhou

The AIA International Region is working with sponsor Informa to develop a conference program for the WinDoor Expo in Guangzhou on March 4-6, 2019. The WinDoor Expo is one of the largest trade shows in the region. The theme for the conference is ‘Facade Design and the Impact of Technology’.

The AIA IR has reached out to the Architectural Society of China (ASC) and the Architectural Society of Shanghai, China (ASSC) and they are sending speakers to the conference.

UIA Update

UIA Update

The IR’s Immediate Past President, James M. Wright, FAIA, is now in his second year serving as the Co-Director of the International Union of Architects (UIA) Professional Practice Commission.  The UIA is a global organization made up of national architectural associations from over 120 countries and territories, representing over one million architects worldwide.  The AIA is the official representative of the U.S., and Thomas Vonier, FAIA—founding President of the AIA-IR and Past President of the AIA—is the current UIA President.

At the most recent UIA Council meeting, held in Lucknow, India, James’ Co-Director colleague Weimin Zhuang from the China member section presented Council with a report prepared by James outlining the status of the various initiatives underway by members of the Professional Practice Commission.The PPC has tentatively scheduled its 2019 annual meeting for 20-21 February in Kuala Lumpur at the invitation of PAM, the Malaysian Institute of Architects.While the next UIA World Congress & General

Inauguration of 2019 AIA National President Bill Bates, FAIA

Inauguration of 2019 AIA National President Bill Bates, FAIA

I was pleased to have had the opportunity to attend the wonderful inauguration of AIA National President Elect Bill Bates, FAIA.  Mr. Bates has served in different capacities on the AIA Board of Directors since 2011 with stints as Vice President when the national board was much larger.  In 1991 and 2010 he also served as President of AIA Pennsylvania.  It is a significant milestone

College of Fellows Representative - Election results

College of Fellows Representative - Election results

lections were recently held for the position of the International Regions representative to the College of Fellows. This is a 3-year appointment beginning in January 2019. The IR’s new representative is Samuel Óghale Oboh (Sam), FAIA, FRAIC based in Alberta, Canada. He takes over from Stephan Reinke, FAIA, RIBA who was based in London.

Sam is a Principal | Vice President of AECOM Canada Architects Limited (a Fortune 500 Company) and the 2015 President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). With an expansive career spanning

Upcoming International Region Conferences

Upcoming International Region Conferences

The AIA IR board has decided on the venues for the annual IR conference for 2019, 2020, and 2021.

2019 - Shanghai. Date to be finalised but likely in September/October. To be done in partnership with AIA Shanghai.

2020 - Dubai. Autumn. To be done in partnership wtih AIA Middle East. The event will coincide with Expo 2020 Dubai.

2021 - London. Autumn. To be done in partnership with AIA UK and AIA Continental Europe.

Memorandum of Commitment

Memorandum of Commitment

The AIA IR continues to take a stand for a sustainable future:

The AIA IR 'Memorandum of Commitment' was reviewed and re-signed with renewed enthusiasm and commitment.  The signing event was significant in three outstanding ways:

1)      Relevance : the first person to sign was our 2019 AIA Institute President Bill Bates signifying the depth and importance of the event and shared.  He also added a phrase to include the 1.5degree goal from more recent research then in the original memorandum which had quoted the importance of staying clear of the 2 degree increase.

Sponsor Appreciation

Sponsor Appreciation

The AIA IR sincerely appreciates the continued support of our Sustaining Founding and Platinum Sponsors listed alphabetically: AECOM, AHEC, ASI Group, Broad, Dornbracht, Dow and TNG. They, along with our International Chapters and leadership, have made it possible to initiate so many incredible events and benefits since our region’s inception.

AIA IR Conference - Singapore

AIA IR Conference - Singapore

The AIA International Region Conference returns with its 4th edition this November 2018 in the tropical city-state of Singapore. Early-bird registration closes October 12th!

AIA IR 2018 Singapore Conference with the theme “CONVERGENCE- CROSSROAD IN SINGAPORE” will examine three threads of convergence over three days, namely “Tradition and Innovation”, “Resilience and Sustainability” and “Wellness and Place-making”. Each day will examine each

Design Awards Jury Announced!

The jury for the 2018 International Region Design Awards has been announced.!  The jurors are:

Ms. Elizabeth Chu Richter FAIA
2015 President | American Institute of Architects – Jury Chair
AIA IR Zone 1 (USA)
Founding Principal | Richter Architects

Mr. Taro Ashihara Hon. FAIA, JIA
Immediate Past President | Japan Institute of Architects
AIA IR Zone 2 (Japan-Asia)
Managing Director | Taro Ashihara Architects

Professor Tom Heneghan AA Dipl.
Professor Architectural Design | Tokyo University of the Arts
Past Chair of Architecture | University of Sydney
AIA IR Zone 3/2 (Europe-UK-Asia)
Principal | Tom Heneghan Studio

AIA IR Seeks Representative to the College of Fellow

The International Region (IR) is seeking to appoint a new AIA International Region Representative to the College of Fellows (CoF).

The new AIA International Region Representative will serve the College and the International Region for a three-year term starting in December 2018. The mission of AIA College of Fellows is to help lead our profession forward through mentoring and programmes which promote excellence in design and education; providing stewardship of the profession.

The International Region seeks nominations from interested candidates. The representative will be selected by a vote of the Fellows in the International Region.  Candidates must be a Fellow (FAIA) of