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International Union of Architects (UIA) Professional Practice Commission

A Brief Introduction

UIA Accord on Recommended International Standards of Professionalism In Architectural Practice

The International Union of Architects (Union Internationale des Architectes or UIA) was founded in 1948 to unite the architects of all countries in a federation of their national organizations. The UIA now represents some 1,300,000 architects in more than 100 countries. The mission of UIA is to represent all architectural organizations and individual architects of different countries, with parallel non-government organizations of other disciplines, and with intergovernmental institutions. The UIA is recognized by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (Geneva), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (Vienna), International Labor Organization (Geneva), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Paris), World Health Organization (Geneva), and United Nations Center for Human Settlements (Nairobi).

The UIA established the Professional Practice Commission and approved its program in 1994. The Commission has devoted nine years of intensive study and debate in development of the "UIA Accord on Recommended International Standards of Professionalism in Architectural Practice" (the Accord) and nine related Accord policy guidelines. The Accord contains a statement of principles of professionalism and a series of 16 policy issues in a format of definitions and background statements followed by policy statements. These documents were presented to the triennial UIA Congress and Assembly in Beijing, China in July 1999. The Assembly unanimously approved the resolution adopting the documents. This is an historic achievement - it is the first time the profession of architecture has adopted a global standard. Updates by the Commission, approved by the Council, and through the Assembly have been implemented since that time.


UIA Accord & Recommended Policies (English)

Recommended Guidelines (English)

Professional Practice Information Notes

UIA Draft Disciplines in the Architectural Sector

Case Studies

    UIA Accord in Other Languages (2008, with policies if available)

    The UIA Accord has also been translated into the following languages and the contacts for securing a copy of each are referenced.


    UIA PPC Meeting Information

    Website Links


Rick A. Lincicome, AIA

The American Institute of Architects
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006 USA

    Zhuang Weimin

    Telephone: 86 010 62773170
    Facsimile: 86 010 62784727
    Architectural Design and Research Institute
    Tsinghua University
    Haidian District
    Beijing, China 100084


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