For the first time, a UIA World Congress of Architects will be held in a Nordic country, and Copenhagen, Denmark, is honoured to host the Congress in 2023. Copenhagen ranks as one of the most liveable and loveable cities in the world and is aiming to keep this title. As host for the UIA World Congress, Copenhagen provides a unique combination of culture, tolerance, global connectivity, well-functioning public transport, green spaces and high-quality architecture.
Modern Danish architecture represents a humanist life-style that derives from the Danish welfare state and is designed by socially engaged architects.
Nordic architecture, design and planning already enjoys admiration worldwide. Danish and Nordic businesses and research institutions have a long-lasting tradition of pursuing sustainable solutions in the building and construction industries. Efforts to realise this ambition are constantly increasing in the Nordic countries, resulting in many inspirational projects.
The UIA World Congress usually takes place every third year with 10-15.000 participants from all over the world. It was held in Seoul in 2017, but due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, the congress in Rio will take place in 2021. Congresses comprise keynote speakers, lectures and seminars, research presentations, exhibitions as well as public cultural events and much more.
UIA - International Union
The International Union of Architects was founded in 1948 to unite the architects of the world through an association of their national organizations. From the 27 delegations present then, the UIA has grown to include the key professional architects’ associations in 115 countries, organizing 1.5 million architects.
The UIA is an international non-governmental organization recognized by UNESCO as the only architectural union operating at an international level.
Behind the scenes
The Danish Association of Architects has established a separate association as of January 2019. The secretariat of the newly established association is based in Copenhagen with the purpose of developing content as well as organizing and conducting the UIA World Congress of Architects in 2023, called UIA 2023 CPH.
Board of Directors
The Association has an independent Board of Directors, all of whom are committed to support either in kind or in "cash". The Board of Directors is responsible for the direction and coordination of the UIA 2023 CPH.
The Coordinating Council is the organizational link to the International Union of Architects, the ministries involved and the Nordic and UN organisations. The Coordinating Council will be responsible for the establishment of the general principles governing the UIA 2023 CPH, the monitoring and orientation of the preparatory works, the achievement of coordination and cooperation among different parties, and the management of the agreement signed between the UIA and the Danish Association of Architects.
Furthermore, an Honorary Committee will be established. The Honorary Committee will be composed of eminent persons who will lend strength to the UIA 2023 CPH through their support and contributions to the Congress and/or to the profession.
An advisory board with participation of Danish and Nordic stakeholders has been established with the aim of keeping stakeholders informed on activities and on ways to engage in the Congress.
A Scientific Committee, under the direction of the General Reporter, will be responsible for the academic/scientific/professional content of the Congress. Our ambition is to facilitate greater exchange of knowledge between science/research and practice.
Board of Directors
President of Congress
CEO, The Danish Association of Architects
CEO, Danish Association of Architectural Firms
Lene Dammand Lund
Rector, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
CEO, The Bevica Foundation
Nina Kovsted Helk
Philanthropy Director, Realdania
Rector, Aarhus School of Architecture
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