Under the heading “Sustainable Futures – Leave No One Behind”, UIA World Congress 2023 invites architects and professionals from the building and planning communities to join us in Copenhagen to back the UN 17 Sustainable Goals, to innovate and discover sustainable solutions, and to enable a leap forward towards accomplishing the goals by 2030.

The UIA World Congress takes place every third year with 10-15,000 participants from all over the world. The congresses comprise keynote speakers, lectures and seminars, research presentations, study trips, exhibitions as well as public cultural events and much more.


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Leave no one behind is the central, transformative promise of the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals. This promise – and premise – represents the commitment of all UN member states to reduce the inequalities and vulnerabilities that leave people behind and undermine the potential of individuals, and of humanity.

The congress will address how architects, urban planners and the building and construction industry are already contributing to the necessary transformation towards more just, resilient and including societies – and how it can be further improved. From our collective experience and practices, from research and studies, we will generate and share as much knowledge as possible in terms of meeting the challenges and further a global commitment to design, build and reuse in a sustainable way. Let us work together on creating accessible, sustainable and affordable architecture for all.


Most people experience having different needs at different times in their lives and many of us experience having a temporary or permanent disability. To avoid special – and often stigmatizing – initiatives for a particular group, Universal Design represents a vision of constructing and developing buildings, urban space, and cities for all people - regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or functional abilities.

Universal Design is about designing for human diversity. By dissolving the segmentation of people with and without certain challenges, whether physical or mental, Universal Design becomes an architectural mindset that creates space for everybody.

The UIA World Congress in 2023 will present the latest research and learnings and bring forward innovative solutions on how Universal Design can be included from the very beginning of the creative process and how Universal Design, when functioning as a key premise, can be an opportunity rather than a challenge for architects, urban planners and designers.

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