Partnerships for Change – Exploring The potential of UIA Region 2 – Ukraine and Lebanon

Region II of UIA comprises architectural organisations of the following countries: from Europe (Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Baltic countries – Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, along with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and the Balkan countries – Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Republic of North Macedonia, Kosovo, Slovenia, Croatia and Greece), the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan) and countries from the Mediterranean and the Middle East (Turkey, Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Israel).

The UIA Region 2 is characterized by its various cultures, ways of life, architectural heritage and natural treasures. We will be sharing various ways of practice across the Region’s countries, the challenges architects face today, global trends and their local impact as well as the necessity for collaboration across all levels. We will focus on Ukraine and Lebanon.

We will discuss how we can unite our efforts in creating a healthy environment, retain cultural heritage and help create a new Ukraine that thrives on resilient communities and innovative ways of preserving its natural resources. We will also touch upon partnerships with UN Habitat and HPF, the European Investment Bank and local governments amongst others towards building a better future for all: within the region and beyond.

Jose Luis Cortes – President of the International Union of Architects

Istelianna Atanassova – Vice President of the International Union of Architects for Region 2
Christine Auclair – Coordinator, World Urban Campaign, UN-Habitat


UKRAINE – National Union of Architects (NSAU)
Oleksandr Chyzhevskyi – President of NSAU
Serhiy Buravchenko – Vice President of NSAU
Olena Oliynyk – Vice President of NSAU

LEBANON – Order of Engineers and Architects (OEA)
Divina Abou Jaoude & Sany Jamal – President of the UIA Member section

Rasmus LAURIDSEN – Head of EIB Group Office Denmark at European Investment Bank

Jesper Nygård – CEO Realdania – Denmark, Philanthropic Foundation

Mona Rady – Chair of HPF – UN Habitat Professional Forum (HPF)


Jesper Nygård

Chairman, UIA2023 Honorary Committee, & CEO, Realdania

Sany Jamal

Architect & CEO, JAMAL Architects & Engineers

Divina Abou Jaoude

Architect, President of the Architects Order of Engineers and Architects – Beirut

Rasmus Lauridsen

Head of EIB Group Office Denmark, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Mona Rady

Chair of UN Habitat Professionals Forum - HPF

Olena Oliynyk

Vice President, National Union of Architects of Ukraine


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