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The practice of architecture is global in its reach and industry members seek vital information that is pertinent to foreign markets, trade, procurement and practice issues, as well as the cross-cultural aspects of working abroad.

The AIA International Practice Committee explores and monitors global practice and policy issues to be addressed by the President and the Board of Directors, and ensures communication among the different international constituencies and stakeholders within the AIA. The committee strives to promote excellence in international architectural practice; to serve as a resource to members by disseminating information in international markets, practice and design; to develop expertise in international policy and trade issues in order to advise AIA on international practice; to facilitate and enhance the international practices of the membership; and to foster relationships with architects abroad.

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  • Palladio Webinar Series (January – April 2022)

    Inaugural Webinar Series: January – April 2022

    RIBA, in association with the Centro Andrea Palladio in Vicenza, Italy, recently announced
    Palladio: A Complete Catalogue of Drawings in British Collections — the first “systematic
    reassessment of every Palladio drawing now in British Collections” offering new
    perspectives on the enormously influential 16th Century Renaissance Architect, Andrea
    Palladio (1508-1580) and “unrivaled access to the drawings for a new generation of
    international scholars, students, architects and the wider public”.

    In celebration of this announcement and to draw attention to the wide array of current and
    ongoing research into Palladio’s work as recorded in these comprehensive archives, our
    inaugural webinar series will launch in early 2022 with four lectures.
    The lectures begin with renowned scholar Guido Beltramini’s introduction to this
    uncommon collection, which includes not only an array of polished presentation drawings, but also early sketches with corrections and notations offering scholars special insight into Palladio’s thought process. The series continues with presentations of Palladio’s influence in Britain and America, both historically and today, closing with a lecture by renowned architect Peter Eisenman, whose fascination with Palladio is documented in his recent book, Palladio Virtuel.

    Thursday, January 6th, 2022

    9 AM PST/12 PM EST/5 PM GMT

    Part 1 – Andrea Palladio: Still the Eternal Contemporary?

    Speaker: Dr. Guido Beltramini, Director, CISA Palladio, Vicenza

    Interlocutor: Charles Hind, Chief Curator, British Architectural Library

    Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

    9 AM PST/12 PM EST/5 PM GMT

    Part 2 – Palladianism in Britain & Ireland

    Speaker: Dr. Steven P. Brindle, Architectural Historian and Author

    Interlocutor: Dr. Gordon Higgott FSA, Architectural Historian

    Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

    9 AM PST/12 PM EST/5 PM GMT

    Part 3 – American Palladianism

    Speaker: Calder Loth, Architectural Historian and Member of the Council of Advisors for the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art

    Thursday, April 7th, 2022

    9 AM PST/12 PM EST/5 PM GMT

    Part 4 – Palladio Inside Out

    Speaker: Peter Eisenman, Architect and Author

    Interlocutor: Barry G. Bergdoll, Professor, Art History and Architecture, Columbia University

  • Free Webinar (12/8): Pan American Perspectives: Habitat, Adequate Housing, with Regional Identity

  • IFC Edge Webinar - "Green Building Finance: A Zero Carbon Fuel"

    Below please find an event hosted by IFC Edge Buildings 


    Learn what has sparked a green building revolution in Colombia, and how green finance is encouraging mass-market, and portfolio-level certification worldwide at IFC’s landmark webinar, “Green Building Finance: A Zero Carbon Fuel” on November 2nd 2021 at 9 a.m. EST.

    As forward-looking policies are discussed at COP26, this is an opportunity to understand from a panel of the highest level decision makers, how some policy-makers, banks and developers are already delivering tangible progress towards zero carbon goals in the building sector.   

    Buildings generate almost 40% of energy-related emissions, so as the EU Taxonomy comes into effect, this is an essential webinar for both investors and those who rely on them to help finance their buildings.  

    This webinar panel is organized by IFC to raise awareness of the power of green building finance, with thanks to the UK Government for its generous support. 

    We are honored to have the following speakers to share their experience.

    • H.E. Iván Duque Márquez - President of Colombia
    • Makhtar Diop - Managing Director and Executive Vice President of IFC 
    • Ms. Beh Siew Kim, CEO of The Ascott Residence Trust (ART)
    • Juan Carlos Mora - President of Bancolombia
    • Dana Brown - Vice President of Fannie Mae 
    • Rob Simpson - Director of Sustainability, Ivanhoe Cambridge

    The event will be moderated by Vivek Pathak, Director and Global Head for Climate Business at IFC. 

    Join the EDGE team after 10:00 a.m. for 30 minutes after the panel to learn more about EDGE certification as an affordable certification at whole-portfolio scale. Learn how EDGE streamlines financing compliance and reporting. Understand in detail how industry leaders are beginning to map and track their investment path to net zero carbon using EDGE.

    Register for our upcoming free livestream event:




    We hope you will join us at for this prestigious event, and thank you for your ongoing interest in enabling a zero carbon world and the EDGE certification system.
    The EDGE Team

  • AIA Continental Europe Virtual Fall Conference Nov. 18-20

    What makes our environments purposeful in our ever-shifting world? How do our spaces and practices generate durable and vibrant environments? Where do we go from here?

    Date: November 18-20, 2021

    Time: 12:00 EST/18:00 CET - 17:00 EST/23:00 CET

    Cost: Free of charge, but attendees must register in order to receive credits.

    This past year has demanded rapid changes in social and spatial structures.  We have discovered different ways to live and work, realigned priorities and found new ways to access spaces and cities.  While we should continue to look to our historical successes and celebrate and defend our cities and cultures, the need to pivot and build for new resilience is a priority. 

    The conference will highlight projects whose innovative practices in space, education and technology exemplify resilience.  Resilience is creating strength and durability in our built environments. Architects are the stewards. Their unique skill set, both technical and diverse, allows them to communicate among the various stakeholders and a wide range of disciplines to connect the dots – space, education, technology.  

     Space.   The arrangement of the values and demands of society, culture, the natural environment, and governing bodies on our built environment – the communities, towns, and cities of our landscapes. 

    Education.   What opens our eyes to all possibilities; the venue for research that then filters into all aspects of our lives. 

     Technology.   The tool that unlocks the potential of a project by freeing stakeholders to manage relationships, communication and collaboration, promoting good governance, with stewardship and performance.

    The impulse for good governance and changes is the mechanism with which stakeholders oversee their values and demands to be provided for in the project solution. Building diverse and collaborative teams can respond to unforeseen circumstances. It is the framework for exchange that defines the outcomes and benefits from projects and programs. Bridging territories between our cultural mosaic in Europe and the U.S. promotes global awareness and connectivity.

  • "UIA Year of Design for Health" Logo Competition






    In July 2021, the UIA General Assembly declared 2022 the "UIA Year of Design for Health". This commitment urges all UIA Member Sections to encourage architects and their clients to use evidence-based design to promote health in buildings and cities.

    The UIA will facilitate a series of initiatives to increase awareness of designing for health, including a digital information hub, an international research agenda and support for the creation of resources to help architects around the world conduct research on healthy environments.

    The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of environments in controlling disease, the value of creating safe and healthy spaces for all people and the necessity of using evidence-based research to support design and related policy-making.


    The UIA launches the logo competition for 2022: "UIA Year of Design for Health." The winning logo will be used for the branding and promotion of the UIA's year-long activities.



    • This logo competition is open to everyone.
    • Any individual or team can make one or multiple submissions.
    • A team should not consist of more than 5 members.


    • First Place: 3 000 Euros and certificate
    • Second Place: 1 500 Euros and certificate
    • Honourable Mention (up to 5): certificate



    • Wei Yew (Canada), graphic designer
    • Camille Vantrou (France), Communications and Strategic Planning at Agence Neth Paris
    • Warren Kerr (Australia), former Director of the UIA Public Health Group (2014-2017)



    • 27 September 2021: Competition launched by the UIA
    • 15 November 2021: Submission deadline
    • 15 December 2021: Announcement of the winning designs



    Please submit your submission on the UIA Prize platform.

    Submissions made by email or post will not be accepted.



    See the competition brief here.

    Competitors may direct questions to e.bonin@uia-architectes.org with the subject line “UIA Year of Design for Health Logo Competition”. 

    For more information on the UIA Year of Design for Health, visit the UIA website.


  • Nov 11-14: AIA International Region - 2021 Annual Conference

    AIA International Region - 2021 Annual Conference Dubai - Connecting Design, Creating the Future
    November 11-14, 2021

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    Conference is in formation - please check back for further updates.

    Registration is now open! Book early to take advantage of our best rates.

    AIA Middle East and AIA International Region are excited to invite you to our 2021 Annual Conference, to be held in the UAE during the Dubai World Expo on November 11 - 14.

    Expo 2020 Dubai - “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”

    The UAE selected the theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future" with the sub-themes Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity.

    "In today’s highly interconnected world, a renewed vision of progress and development based on shared purpose and commitment is key. While a married human mind, an individual country, or a specific community is both unique and remarkable, it is by working collaboratively that we truly advance."

    Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum


    Inspired by this theme, we expect this to be our greatest conference ever, with colleagues joining us from all 7 International Chapters and across the globe, where the AIA is proudly represented by Country Representatives in more than 20 countries. Mark your calendars now and stay tuned to our social media channels for updates! We will soon release more details of the exciting speakers and tours we are organizing to deliver the stellar Continuing Education learning units we have all grown accustomed to.

    This will be a hybrid conference, with some sessions offered both in-person and online, to accommodate those individuals unable to travel to Dubai.



    Starting with an evening reception on Wednesday 10 November, we will kick things off with great seminars and walking tours from Thursday 11 through Saturday 13 November, where we are sure to celebrate the “greatest show on earth” with you! For those delegates who choose to join us, we are also providing an extra tour of Abu Dhabi on Sunday 14 November, at additional cost, where you can visit the award-winning and iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi by Jean Nouvel and the Sheikh Zayed Mosque.

    View the Program >>>


    • Student - Early Bird Discount - $75.00

    • Student - $100.00

    • 2021 New AIA Member - $100.00

    • AIA Member - Early Bird Discount - $175.00

    • AIA Member - $200.00

    • Non-Member of AIA - Early Bird Discount - $195.00

    • Non-Member of AIA - $225.00.

    We encourage everyone to book by Friday 1 October to take advantage of our Early Bird rates!

    Your In Person ticket gives you:

    • Our full educational program of lectures and tours, offering a total 12 LUs for AIA Members (tbc)

    • Access to Expo 2020 Dubai, including guided tours of pavilions

    • A one-day Dubai city tour, including entry to famous landmarks

    • Transport from designated conference hotels to venues and around Dubai

    • Catering, including the gala dinner.

    Please Note: The Abu Dhabi tour is not included, and will be offered at an additional cost. More news on this soon!

    We offer Plus One tickets, for one guest of a conference ticket holder to join the Dubai tour and/ or the Gala dinner.

    • Plus One - Dubai Tour guest - $25.00

    • Plus One - Gala dinner guest - $60.00.

    We also offer Online access tickets for people unable to travel to Dubai.

    • Online ticket - $50.00

    This ticket gives you online admission to lectures and tours in Dubai, offering a total 12 LUs for AIA Members (tbc). It includes exclusive on-demand access for a limited period after the conference ends.

    We will update you with more conference details as we finalize our speakers, tour locations and venues. There will be designated conference hotels where we will organize AIA preferred rates conveniently located near the conference venue. We are sure you won’t be disappointed, so book your flights soon!

    Updates will also be provided on COVID-19 protocols and travel to the UAE.

  • 7/27 Free event: The future of cities – Revitalising/reimagining cities post-COVID

    The Royal Institute of British Architects is organizing a series of events with architects from around the world on important issues in the profession. Tuesday, July 27, Illya Azaroff, FAIA will be participating in a Pecha Kucha type presentation with other architects from the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Brazil, on "The future of cities – Revitalising/reimagining cities post-COVID." The event is free and we hope you will attend! Register using the link below.



  • AIA International Region 2021 Spring Conference

    AIA International Region 2021 Spring Conference
    Implementing Change - Sustainability and Resilience in the Built Environment
    April 26, 2021

    Date: Monday, April 26, 2021

    Time: 00:01 - 23:59 pm (Eastern US time)

    Cost: Free of charge for all (including AIA and non-AIA members)

    Architecture contributes to climate change but it is also uniquely placed to help reshape the world in which we live.  How do we transform the built environment’s negative climate impact into a net positive one? The AIA International Region is excited to announce a one-day virtual conference on April 26th on how the profession can move towards a sustainable future.  Join us to explore how architecture can provide solutions to environmental crises, respond proactively to the call for climate action, and help create a net positive built environment for all.

    The format of the conference is a 24-hour, around-the-clock, around-the-world virtual event.  There will be a mixture of talks, building tours, and panel discussions with speakers worldwide.  There will be extended Q&A to maximize audience participation. 

    Attendance is free to all, irrespective of AIA membership.  All sessions will be available on-demand for a week following the conference day. AIA members can receive continuing education credit. 

    Speakers at the forefront of sustainability from various backgrounds, including architects, engineers, consultants and academics, will examine strategies and approaches for implementing meaningful change. Keynotes will include Ed Mazria, FAIA (CEO of Architecture 2030 & AIA 2021 Gold Medalist), and Ken Yeang, Hon FAIA.

    The conference will continue the Women in Architecture series, produced in partnership with the RIBA Sri Lanka. The UIA will also be sharing their sustainability expertise both in practice and in education.

    More information:

  • UIA World Congress - Live now thru July!

    UIA has announced updates to the 27th UIA World Congress program, with events online now through July. 

    "The 27th UIA World Congress taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 18-22 July 2021 will begin introducing digital content this month, continuing until the Congress in July. 
    The digital weeks - 22-25 March, 18-21 April, 16-19 May, 20-23 June and 18-22 July will include 12 discussions, three for each of the four thematic axes of the Congress: Diversity & Mixture, Weaknesses & Inequalities, Changes & Emergencies and Transience & Flows. The digital weeks are 100% online, free & global and will invite debate and discussion from experts from around the world."


  • Architectural Acupuncture: How Design and Innovation Are Saving China’s Villages—and America’s Citie

    How can design and innovation bring life back to an ailing community? It’s a global challenge. Join us as XU Tiantian, one of China’s most innovative architects, presents inspiring projects in Zhejiang’s countryside and shares notes with Joel Mills of the American Institute of Architects about how great design can make a difference.

    In the U.S., urban neighborhoods have suffered as the middle class has moved to the suburbs. But in China, ancient rural villages are crumbling as farmers flock to the new, glistening cities. A rural revitalization movement is beginning to tackle these problems, and architecture is playing a key role.

    This event is co-presented with the American Institute of Architects

    Learning objectives:

    • Participants will explore the comparative dynamics impacting urban development in China and the United States and responses to those impacts
    • Participants will analyze how preservation and placemaking can be used as a tool by leveraging the historic urban fabric of a place for urban regeneration and revitalization efforts that accommodate growth and change
    • Participants will be able to apply the visioning processes and design efforts, and how they can serve as vehicles for incremental urban change over time that is transformative and serves city goals and values
    • Participants will be able to apply the comparative application of various design techniques in diverse urban settings, and their value to successful urbanism.

    Xu Tiantian is founding principal of DnA_Design and Architecture Beijing Office. She received her master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and her baccalaureate in architecture from Tsinghua University in Beijing. Prior to establishing DnA Beijing, She worked at a number of design firms in the United States and the Netherlands. She has received 2006 WA China Architecture Award and 2008 Young Architects Award from The Architectural League New York.

    Joel Mills is Senior Director of the Center for Communities by Design at the American Institute of Architects. His 26-year career has been focused on strengthening civic capacity, public processes and civic institutions. This work has helped millions of people participate in democratic processes, visioning efforts, and community planning initiatives. In the United States, Joel has provided consultative services to hundreds of communities, leading participatory processes in over 100 communities across 35 states. He was a founding Board Member of the International Association for Public Participation’s United States Chapter. He has spoken at numerous international conferences concerning democratic urbanism and the role of democracy in urban success, including serving as the Co-Convener of the Remaking Cities Congress in 2013. Mills is an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism in London, UK.

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