January 2019
Newsletter - January 2019
Annual Conference - Convergence in Singapore
The 4 th edition of the Annual Conference of the AIA International Region (AIA IR) was held in Singapore from Nov 2 nd - Nov 4 th , 2018. In Singapore for the first time, this AIA IR 2018 Conference began as an endorsement to a lone voice bid in Prague exactly a year ago for the honor to be city-host. According to Director Yew K Cheong AIA (Chair, AIA IR Conference Planning Committee) the bid was an opportunity to incubate and increase the voice of AIA to its member diaspora in SE Asia. 

International Region Design Awards Results!
The International Region Design Awards Program continued in 2018 with the most architectural submissions since the 2014 inauguration. Submissions were received from members in all three zones of the International Region with representation from International Chapters and unassigned members throughout the Region. 

Message from the IR President
Dear AIA IR Members,

I would like to start by wish all of you Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year. As I complete the first year of my two-year term as your President, I will take this opportunity to summarize our accomplishments in 2018 and will look ahead at our goals for 2019.

AIA United Kingdom update
The UK Chapter’s event cycle follows a seasonal pattern, with each season having its own flavour, each month having multiple, individual events. 

Spring brings our Design Awards, supplemented by movie nights, emerging professional events and technical lectures. Summer encourages outdoor events, with frequent building tours, one big bike tour plus a Super Saturday of lectures. Autumn sees the return of movie nights, etc., but – most importantly – is dominated by three core events in rapid succession.  

AIA Continental Europe update
In 2018, AIA Europe hosted two terrific conferences in Pristina, Kosovo, and Budapest Hungary, organized by chapter members Bard Rama, Int'l Assoc. AIA and Nora Demeter,  Int'l Assoc. AIA, respectively. 

We also lost one of our founding members, Alan Schwartzman, FAIA who left us in March. His memory will live on in the AIA Europe Scholarship and we are glad to carry on his legacy in this way. The Board created a new committee for Emerging Professionals and elected

AIA Hong Kong update
With 2019 just starting, we send best wishes for Happy Holidays with a healthy, peaceful 2019 and a prosperous New Year of the Pig! We’d like to take a moment to reflect on the exciting year we've shared and to invite you to join us for events ahead.

We had many successful events this year (providing 42 continuing education credits) and were able to do so thanks to great participation

AIA Japan update
If you attended our year-end event on December 8, you had a first-hand chance to see how much we achieved in 2018. Thank you for sharing a great evening with AIA Japan. If by any chance you had to miss it, here it is for you: the attached report shows highlights of our year’s activities. 

As another year comes to an end, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to all our members, friends, and sponsors who have supported us throughout the year. Thank you all for your

AIA Middle East update
We are proud to mark another year of continued success and progress for our chapter. I would like to share my gratitude with our dedicated board of Directors, with our members, numbering nearly 500 now and spread around no less than 10 Countries as well as with our sponsors.

We officially welcomed Iraq to the Chapter in August. Our 2017 President Raya Ani, and Country Representative, Asmaa Al-Ani held a successful launch with many prominent Iraqi architects, engineers and leaders in attendance at the Iraqi Engineers Union. 

AIA Shanghai update
This year has been marked by continued development of our community platform for more robust delivery of events. One key initiative was to more closely engage local partners in the Shanghai community. Two organizations that were engaged were Architectural Society of Shanghai China (ASSC) and Hong Kong University (HKU) with whom we respectively agreed to develop programs of common interest and mutual benefit. 

AIA Canada update
AIA Canada Society are expanding the AIA Canada Board. If you wish to find more about the committee roles check the following link 

You can write to the board to volunteer with the chapter by sending an email on iacanadachapter@gmail.com

Unassigned Members update
In the second half of the year 2018 we have been looking to be part or to host a mini event for the Unassigned Members. It has been, and will continue to be, a challenge to bring together as many Unassigned Members to one gathering point or event, while we are scattered over 61 countries.

 Sitting in South Africa, Cape Town, it has been on my agenda and possibility to bring some of our members together locally. You can count us on two hands, as unassigned . . .

AIA National - Strategic Council
All 19 Regions of the AIA have representatives on the Council. Some have multiple members and some of the AIA Board and past Board are on the Council. The total of the Council members in 2018 was 49. For the past three years I have been on the Council representing the International Region. I will now be replaced by Greg Yager, AIA of Shanghai Chapter. We were also fortunate to have another International Associate AIA be selected to the five un-affiliated members for 2019, Nela de Zoysa, Hon FAIA, Hon RIBA, and other Architectural Associations based in Sri Lanka. 

WinDoor Conference, Guangzhou
The AIA International Region is working with sponsor Informa to develop a conference program for the WinDoor Expo in Guangzhou on March 4-6, 2019. The WinDoor Expo is one of the largest trade shows in the region. The theme for the conference is ‘Facade Design and the Impact of Technology’.  

UIA Update
The IR’s Immediate Past President, James M. Wright, FAIA, is now in his second year serving as the Co-Director of the International Union of Architects (UIA) Professional Practice Commission. The UIA is a global organization made up of national architectural associations from over 120 countries and territories, representing over one million architects

Inauguration of 2019 AIA National President Bill Bates, FAIA
I was pleased to have had the opportunity to attend the wonderful inauguration of AIA National President Elect Bill Bates, FAIA. Mr. Bates has served in different capacities on the AIA Board of Directors since 2011 with stints as Vice President when the national board was much larger. In 1991

How many hats should an architect wear?
Is multidisciplinary practice the past, present, or future of architecture?

Market factors and new technologies are simultaneously shifting architects into areas of specialization and broadening their skillsets. Work has become more efficient but also more intense, and firms are reacting—taking advantage of new opportunities and navigating their challenges. Over the last decade, the share of architecture

IR Representative to College of Fellows
Elections were recently held for the position of the International Regions representative to the College of Fellows. This is a 3-year appointment beginning in January 2019. The IR’s new representative is Samuel Óghale Oboh (Sam), FAIA, FRAIC based in Alberta, Canada.  He takes over from Stephan Reinke, FAIA, RIBA who was based in London.

Sam is a Principal | Vice President of AECOM Canada Architects Limited (a Fortune 500

Upcoming IR Conferences
The AIA IR board has decided on the venues for the annual IR conference for 2019, 2020, and 2021.

2019 - Shanghai. Date to be finalised but likely in September/October. To be done in partnership with AIA Shanghai.

2020 - Dubai. Autumn. To be done in partnership wtih AIA Middle East. The event will coincide with Expo 2020 Dubai.

2021 - London. Autumn. To be done in partnership with AIA UK and AIA Continental Europe.

Memorandum of Commitment
The AIA IR continues to take a stand for a sustainable future:

The AIA IR 'Memorandum of Commitment' was reviewed and re-signed with renewed enthusiasm and commitment. The signing event was significant in three outstanding ways:

Appreciation for our Sponsors
The AIA IR sincerely appreciates the continued support of our Sustaining Founding and Platinum Sponsors listed alphabetically: AECOM, AHEC, ASI Group, Broad, Dornbracht, Dow and TNG. They, along with our International Chapters and leadership, have made it possible to initiate so many incredible events and benefits since our region’s inception. 

Contact details:

AIA International Region