South Africa to Host Architects World Congress in 2014

The South African Institute of Architect's bid theme for the UIA 2014 Congress was entitled "MultipliCITY": World Future.  Click here to find out more...

South Africa will stage the International Union of Architects (UIA) World Congress in 2014. This announcement was made during the XXIII UIA Congress and General Assembly at the Lingotto Conference Centre in Turin, Italy.

Durban will be the first African city to host the Congress since Egypt more than 30 years ago. This is the third time that the event will be hosted in Africa; the first in sub-Saharan Africa and the second time in the Southern Hemisphere.

The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) provided substantial support to the bid which was presented by The South African Institute of Architects (SAIA). An official delegation of the Department of Public Works, led by Minister Thokozile Didiza was also present to lend support to the Architectural Profession.

The National Organising Committee for the Bid was Chaired by Ms Trish Emmett (immediate past President of SAIA and SACAP Council member) and the Local Organising Committee by Ivor Daniel (President of the KwaZulu Natal Institute of Architects). The Committees comprised representatives of SAIA, the KwaZulu Natal Institute of Architects (KZNIA), staff of the eThekwini Municipality and Corobrik as well as other volunteers.

The UIA has organised a World Congress every three years since 1948. The Congress draws an audience of professionals, students and representatives of the institutional, political and entrepreneurial world to discuss topics related to the discipline and current issues. This year’s theme was entitled Transmitting Architecture: Culture, Hope, and Democracy and was attended by 9,800 delegates from across the world.

South Africa’s theme for the UIA 2014 Congress is entitled "MultipliCITY": World Future. The diverse and multilayered nature of Durban, South Africa, and indeed the continent of Africa, will guide the Congress as a living laboratory of multiplicity in action and co-existence.

“The award of the Congress provides a host of opportunities for members of the architectural profession, as well as others related to the profession, in the build up to as well as the staging of the event. A new structure will be established to coordinate the Congress as well as all activities leading up to the event. This body will ensure compliance with all UIA requirements. It is the intention of SAIA to make this structure as inclusive as possible without it becoming too cumbersome. Some of the role players would include representatives from SAIA, UIA, AUA, SACAP, national government, eThekwini Municipality, industry and the education sector,” says Hassan Asmal, President of SAIA.

South Africa to Host Architects World Congress in 2014 South Africa will stage the International Union of Architects (UIA) World Congress in 2014. This announcement was made during the XXIII UIA Congress and General Assembly on 6 July 2008 at the Lingotto Conference Centre in Turin, Italy. Durban will be the first African city to host the Congress since Egypt more than 30 years ago. This is the third time that the event will be hosted in Africa; the first in sub-Saharan Africa and the second time in the Southern Hemisphere.

The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) provided substantial support to the bid which was presented by The South African Institute of Architects (SAIA). An official delegation of the Department of Public Works, led by Minister Thokozile Didiza was also present to lend support to the Architectural Profession.

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The National Organising Committee for the Bid was Chaired by Ms Trish Emmett (immediate past President of SAIA and SACAP Council member) and the Local Organising Committee by Ivor Daniel (President of the KwaZulu Natal Institute of Architects). The Committees comprised representatives of SAIA, the KwaZulu Natal Institute of Architects (KZNIA), staff of the eThekwini Municipality and Corobrik as well as other volunteers.

The UIA has organised a World Congress every three years since 1948. The Congress draws an audience of professionals, students and representatives of the institutional, political and entrepreneurial world to discuss topics related to the discipline and current issues. This year’s theme was entitled Transmitting Architecture: Culture, Hope, and Democracy and was attended by 9,800 delegates from across the world.

South Africa’s theme for the UIA 2014 Congress is entitled "MultipliCITY": World Future. The diverse and multilayered nature of Durban, South Africa, and indeed the continent of Africa, will guide the Congress as a living laboratory of multiplicity in action and co-existence.

“The award of the Congress provides a host of opportunities for members of the architectural profession, as well as others related to the profession, in the build up to as well as the staging of the event. A new structure will be established to coordinate the Congress as well as all activities leading up to the event. This body will ensure compliance with all UIA requirements. It is the intention of SAIA to make this structure as inclusive as possible without it becoming too cumbersome. Some of the role players would include representatives from SAIA, UIA, AUA, SACAP, national government, eThekwini Municipality, industry and the education sector,” says Hassan Asmal, President of SAIA.