- Name: International Academy of Architecture (IAA), NGO of Consultative Status with ECOSOC – United Nations, non-profit, self-financing organization, H.Q. in Sofia, Bulgaria.
- Contact Data: 40, Maria Luisa Blvd., 1202 Sofia, Bulgaria;
Phone-Fax: (+359) (0) 2 943 49 50;
E-mail: email@example.com ; web site: www.iaa-ngo.com.
- Date of foundation: 21 September 1987
The main objectives of the IAA are:
- to stimulate the development of architecture, urban planning and architectural theory;
- to promote the development of the architectural education;
- to organize post-graduated courses, workshops and master classes for youngtalented architects from all over the world;
- to support and proclaim United Nations` programs, declarations and events;
- to organize international conferences and meetings;
- to organize “Interarch-Sofia”- World Triennial of Architecture;
- International extension
The IAA has active members in the following 39 countries: Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Japan, Jordan, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malta, Mexico, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uzbekistan, Serbia, Hungary, Sweden
The governing bodies of the IAA are the General Assembly and the Academic Council.
The Assembly consists of all the Academy’s members (72 Academicians and 102 Professors) and is held every three years. They approve and make corrections in the IAA Statute and in the Regulations, elect new Academicians, the Academic Council members and its President. The IAA President elects Visiting Professors of IAA.
The Academic Council and its President administrate the IAA. The members of the Academic Council (IAA Academicians) and its President are elected for a three-year mandate. The Academic Council has meeting once a year to coordinate the activities of the IAA and to approve the IAA programs, staff and budget. The Academic Council elects the new IAA professors.
The last XII-th IAA General Assembly was held on 17 May 2015 in Sofia
The IAA affiliates the following organizations:
- The International Forum of Young Architects;
- The Research Centre for New Technologies and Ecological Energy – “Conscious Architecture”;
- The section “Architectural Theory, Creativity and Criticism”;
- INTERPROJECT, the Academy’s Institute of Architectural Design and Research;
- “Interakademika”- IAA Foundation which supports the IAA activity;
- IAA branches
IAA has established international centers in:
- Paris – European Academy of Architecture with President Albert Dubler, IAA Academician
- Moscow – with President Andrey Bokov, IAA Academician
- South East Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines) – with President Paolo Cucchi, IAA Academician
- Rotterdam- with President Jan Hoogstad, IAA Academician;
- Tokyo- with President Toyo Ito, IAA Academician;
- USA- with President Brian Spencer, IAA Academician;
- Rome- with President Manfredi Nicoletti, IAA Academician;
- Istanbul- with President Ahmet Vefik Alp, IAA Academician;
- Zurich- with President Justus Dahinden, IAA Academician;
- Shanghai – representation of the IAA, represented by arch. Marin Keremidski
- Main Activities
8.1. The IAA coordinates the following programs:
- Sustainable Development of Architecture and Urban Planning;
- Architectural Theory and its Application;
- Architectural Education and Professional Qualification;
- Social Housing;
- Architecture and Ecology;
- Support and propaganda of United Nations` programs, declarations and activities;
- Architecture and children;
- “Interarch-Sofia”- World Triennial of Architecture;
- Professional Information.
8.2. The IAA major activities are focused to international architectural conferences, competitions and exhibitions – World Triennial of Architecture (INTERARCH- Sofia),permanently held every three years, global and regional seminars, workshops, master classes and symposia jointly with UNESCO, UIA, UNDTCD, UNCHS, UNEP and other organizations.
8.3. A special efforts have been made for post-graduate training courses of young talented architects from all over the world, as well as for inter national architectural competitions.
- In relation with the earthquake in Armenia – international expert group for the reconstruction of Spitak: Felix Candela, Georges Candilis, Pierre Vago, Pedro Ramirez Vazgues with representatives of the Union of Architects of Russia, Union of Architects-Armenia, UNCHS, GOSKOM Architecture-Russia; after-workshop in St. Kiriko and after-workshop in Spitak with 46 participants from 16 countries (1988);
- „Urban concepts for Science city-Plovdiv” – residential units and housing groups; Jury – Pierre Vago, Georgi Stoilov, Justus Dahinden, Pierre-Andre Dufetel, Wilhelm Kucker, Carl Auböck; 55 architects from 33 countries (1989);
- Santo Kiriko (Bulgaria) – workshop with international competition on “Structures for Research Center of the Science city of Plovdiv town” (Bulgaria) – 45 participants from 29 countries. Jury: Felix Candela, Jahn Hoogstad, Clorindo Testa, Loisse Noelle Gras (Mexico)- (1989);
- Workshop on the coast of Caspian sea, Makhachkala (Dagestan) on “Recreation zones at the Caspian Sea”. 31 participants from 21 countries. Jury: Georgi Stoilov, Richard England, Vakhtang Davitaia, Abdul Akhmedov.(1989);
- Workshop Bukhara (Uzbekistan) on the topic “Concepts for the development of the Historic town and its integration with the new town”. 29 participants from 21 countries. Jury: Pierre Vago, Louise Noelle Gras, Alexander Alexandrovich, Mustapha Aun, Joseph Notcin etc. (1990);
- Paris- international workshop organized by the IAA, the school of Architecture-Paris-Conflans and the French section of the UIA with competition on “University and the city”- 46 participants from 12 countries.(1991);
- Chernigov town (Ukraine)- competition on “Environment and Ecology and Culture”- 25 participants from 11 countries. (1991);
- Workshop with international competition on “Development of Urban Historical Centers” in Chernigov (Ukraine) with 50 participants from 20 countries. (1991);
- Post-graduate courses for young talented architects – series of Workshops: Urban Conceptions of Science City, Plovdiv; Housing Units for Science City; Master Plan of Spitak; Seaside Resort, Mahachkala; Design Workshop in Moscow; Greek Village, Sochi; Urban Historic Centres in Buhara; University and the City of Communication Space, City and Urban Ecology – France (Paris-Conflans), UNESCO and French ministries); Ecopolis – Gorna Banya 2, Bulgaria; Waterfront Zone, Kobe, Japan 1993- International competition for young architects;
- Joint Seminar (IAA/UNDTCD/Government of Bulgaria) on the Environmental Aspects of Water Resources Development (October 1991);
- Workshop- IAA in cooperation with National Institute of Youth, Communication Education (France) in Paris – “The child and the street”. 25 participants from 20 countries. (1992);
- Paris, Second workshop in cooperation with Higher School Paris-Conflan on “The city and communication space”. 40 participants from 20 countries. Jury: IAA representative, Par Conflan School representative, UIA representative. (1992);
- Rio de Janeiro- exhibition-competition in the frame of Earth summit- 21 designs from 14 countries. Sponsored by UNCHS. (1992);
- Tallahassee, Florida. 25 participants from Europe, America and Africa on “Housing’2000”; Jury: Georgi Stoilov, Paolo Soleri, Felix Candela. (1992);
- International conference “Architectural and Urban Quality for a Sustainable Development” jointly with ENEA (Italy) and Municipality in Rome (1993);
- Kobe, Japan- Workshop “Ecopolis sustanable city” in the frame of International Forum “Kobe’93”. 59 participants from 20 countries. Jury Georgi Stoilov, Jan Hoogstad, Kiyonori Kikutake etc. (1993);
- Round table discussion on Eco-problems in architecture during Interarch’94;
- Tallahassee competition for students in architecture on “Architectural Fantasy” (in collaboration with Nautilius Foundation (1994, 1996);
- Two workshops in Odessa, Ukraine on Individual House. (1993);
- International Workshop on Recreation complex in Plovdiv city – Bulgaria;
- Training of specialists from developing countries in preservation and rehabilitation of national heritage (historical monuments, towns and inner cities) (1994);
- International Seminar on Architecture, Environment and Education (IAA/French Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of National Education, Youth and Sports) Marly-Le-Roy, France, June 1991;
- During Habitat II World Conference in Istanbul (1996) the IAA organized an international exhibition – competition and forum on “Ecopolises – cities of sustainable development”;
- The IAA Program of Social Housing aiming to assist developing countries in solving the housing problem of low – income population (Governments of Namibia and Tanzania expressed their interest).
- IAA in cooperation with BDA /Union of German Architects/ has organized an international conference “Bauhaus-De Stijl-CIAM-Modern Architecture at the end of 20Century” in Berlin /1999/;
- Ten Interdisciplinary Conferences on Megacities 2000, jointly with Megacities2000 Foundation in Rotterdam;
- The IAA initiated the Program: Concordia 2000 – the Blue Bands of Europe, to unite the efforts of European states bordering the Danube, Main, Rhone and Rhine rivers towards an ecologically planned and clean Europe. The IAA hosted two International Expert Groups meetings on International Program of Ecological Research and Monitoring of the Black Sea and the River of Danube with the participation of UNDTCD, UNEP, UNDP, ECE, UNESCO, WHO and scientists from Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ukraine, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria;
- International workshop – competition in cooperation with JFYA-Mexico on Revitalization of the Architectural Heritage: Renovation of Haciendas, Mexico 2001;
- A Master Class in the Creative center Santo Kiriko on the ecoskyskrapers (2001);
- Competition on Urban concept of a new city – Ecopolis Antichernobil’21;
- Conference of IAA Moscow Branch on the problems of the architectural education (2004);
- International Conference “Globalization and Identity in Architecture” during the XXI UIA Congress, Berlin, 2002;
- International conferences on “World Contemporary Architecture during the XXXII UIA Congress – Istanbul 2005 and during the XXXIII in Turin 2008;
- International conference and workshop “Towards the Asian sustainable cities”-Nagoya, Japan 2005;
- International laboratory-research and projects for the city of Culiacan, Mexico (2005);
- IAA conferences on: World Contemporary Architecture in Rome in cooperation with Rome municipality and Rome architectural faculty (2006, 2008, 2009);
- Forums-discussions on the Education of Future Architects and Designers for Sustainable Architecture during Interarch’2003 and Interarch`2006, held in cooperation with UNESCO representatives;
- International conferences in cooperation with the Municipality in Rome on the “World Contemporary Architecture”- 2010 in Rome;
- Workshop on Krasnodar- City of the XXI century and Olympic Stadium in Sochi (2007);
- In cooperation with the Union of Architects in Bulgaria – a workshop for young talented architects in Sofia (June 2008) on the theme “Energy Efficiency and Intelligent Buildings”.
- In cooperation with the Union of architects in Bulgaria organized conference on the theme “European Black Sea countries” in Sofia 2008.
- Contest for Secondary City Center of Sofia, Bulgaria, organized by IAA and the Ministry of Region Development and Public Works. Bulgaria.
International Jury: Helle Jull (Denmark) – Chairman, Co-chairman – Peter Dikov (Bulgaria), Chief-architect of Sofia and members: Kiyonori Kikutake (Japan), Brian Spencer (USA), Paul Andreu (France), Mitio Videlov (Bulgaria), Liybomir Pelovski (Bulgaria).18 architectural offices and companies have been invited to participate and among them six have been chosen to elaborate a concept: Norman Foster and partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Dominique Perrault Architects, Massimiliano Fuksas architects, Consortium Adais Project and G-3. The winning project is the presented by Dominique Perrault Architects. The client is Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, Bulgaria. (2009);
- Forum on Architecture of XXI-st Century, during the XII-th and XIII-th “Interarch- Sofia” (2009, 2012);
- International Forum on “The future of Kusadasi, Turkey”- 15-22 May 2011;
- Master Class- Workshop in Kusadasi, Turkey, organized by the International Academy of Architecture and the IAA Center in Istanbul, in cooperation with His Excellency Mr. Esat Altungün – Mayor of the town of Kusadasi (Turkey), for 33 young talented architects and students of architecture from 7 countries of the world: Bulgaria, Turkey, Russia, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Greece took part in this Master Class-Workshop lead by IAA Academicians and their assistants and studio critics – 22 March- 1 April 2013.
8.4. International architectural competitions, organized by IAA:
- International (invited) competition for Chemico-Technological Institute- Sofia (1989);
- International (invited) competition for Institute for Tourism- Sochi;
- International (invited) competition for Ecocity of individual houses near Moscow (1994);
- International (invited) competition “Concordia- city of the future” (1992);
- International Academy of Architecture initiated an internal inquiry for its members on the elaboration of the best architectural built work of XX-th century, an activity deemed of remarkable interest. The winner was the church La Chapelle de Ronchamp le Corbusier;
- International (invited) competition for National Opera in Astana (2003);
- International (invited) competition for Business and Office Center in Astana (2004);
- International (invited) competition for Secondary Center of Sofia, Bulgaria (2009);
- Main activities jointly with UNCHS (Habitat):
- March 1989, International Seminar on Reconstruction of Towns in Armenia after the earthquake (IAA/UNCHS/Russia/ ARMENIA), 1988;
- International Seminar on the Preservation and Rehabilitation of Historic Districts, Towns and Monuments in some Developed Countries and its Relevance to Developing Countries , November 1989;
- International Seminar on Improvement of Housing Conditions and Rehabilitation of Historic Centers, September 1990;
- Two publications on these two Seminars (1991);
- Exhibition-Competition on Low-Cost Housing in Developing Countries, displayed during the Commission on Human Settlements (CHS/13) in Harare, April 1991;
- International exhibition-competition and forum on “Ecopolises- cities of sustainable development” in Istanbul during the Habitat II-nd World Conference (1996).
- UNCED’92 - the Global Forum.
In support of the objectives of UNCED and the Global Forum’92, the IAA prepared the Program consisting of two events:
- Exhibition-Competition on Ecopolis – City of the Future (1-15 June, 1992, Rio de Janeiro);
- Symposium – Ecopolis – Forum of Ideas, organized during the Conference in Rio de Janeiro, 3-5 June, 1992.
The main idea of these events was to assist developed and developing countries in solving socio-economic and ecological problems of the cities and to invite well-known architects and scientists from all over the world to make their contribution to the improvement of built environment and the transition to sustainable development.
As an NGO, IAA took active part in the activities of the International Facilitating Committee of the Independent Sectors for UNCED’92 as its member.
- The IAA has working relations and signed agreements with the following international organizations, institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations:
11.1. By the decision of the United Nations Economic and Social Council of May 11, 1989, the IAA has been granted with Consultative Status.
11.2. The IAA has also been granted in Consultative Status with UNICEF in 1990 and with UNIDO in 1990.
11.3. According to the Memorandum of Understanding between the IAA and UNCHS (Habitat), signed on March 7, 1988 and its Supplement, 1990, 1993, both organizations agreed to collaborate in carrying out research, investigation and information activity in certain fields such as urban development, regional planning and synthesis of architecture with other arts; public utilities, engineering and related areas; environmental protection; reducing housing shortage; development of new building materials and the provision of technical assistance.
11.4. The Memorandum of Understanding between the IAA and UNEP signed on February 5, 1990, envisaged collaboration in the area of built environment. It was agreed to undertake jointly Training Courses on Application of Environmental Guidelines for Settlement Planning and Management for architects. The pilot course was held in September 1992 with published Proceedings.
11.5. Agreements of cooperation were signed between the IAA and the Pan-American Federation of Associations of Architects (FAPA), the Ibero-American Council of Associations of Architects (CIANA), the Mexican National Academy of Architecture, the Bulgarian Union of Architects, the University of Khartoum, Sudan; Free University Brussels (VUB); the Russian Ministry of Culture, the State Committee for Construction, Goscomarchitecture and the “Academy of Fine Arts”- Russia; the Nautilus Foundation of USA, International Consortium of “Ecological Reconstruction”; with L’Ordre des Architectes et ingenieurs de Syria etc.;
11.6. IAA has been registered in the Central Consultancy Register (ISCR/EL);
11.7. Agreement for cooperation with UIA (International Union of Architects).
- INTERARCH- World Triennial of Architecture (INTERARCH- Sofia), permanently held every three years. The 9-th, 10-th, 11-th, 12-th and 13-th World Triennials of Architecture Interarch’2000, Interarch’2003, Interearch`2006, Interarch`2009, Interarch’2012 and Interarch’2015 were held under the patronage of UNESCO, the mayor of Sofia and the International Union of Architects (UIA). The next 15-th World Triennial of Architecture will be held in 2018, in Sofia (13-16 May).
One of the most significant traditionally established architectural events. Open international forum with professional participation of architects, theoreticians and students from all over the world, profiling a panorama of the tendencies and achievements of the world contemporary architecture. Participants discuss on “Sustainable Architecture for Sustainable World”, are engaged in the exchange of ideas with leading masters of the world contemporary architecture and take part in different sections of the Triennial.
13.1. IAA has an unique collection-exhibition “Leading Masters of World Contemporary Architecture” of colored photos of architectural works of: KURT ACKERMANN, AHMET VEFIK ALP, EMILIO AMBASZ, TADAO ANDO, PAUL ANDREU, RASEM BADRAN, АNREY BOKOV, DOUGLAS J. CARDINAL, ALBERTO CAMPO BAEZA, GUNTER BEHNISCH, HELGE BOFINGER, ORIOL BOHIGAS, GOTTFRIED BOHM, MARIO BOTTA, MARIO BRUNATI, SANTIAGO CALATRAVA, JEAN-MARIE CHARPENTIER, CHARLES CORREA, JUSTUS DAHINDEN, VAKHTANG DAVITAIA, FRANK GEHRY, SARA TOPELSON DE GRINBERG, TEODORO GONZALEZ DE LEON, BALKRISHNA DOSHI, PIERRE-ANDRE DUFETEL, RICHARD ENGLAND, ARTHUR ERICKSON, ADRIEN FAINSILBER, NORMAN FOSTER, MASSIMILIANO FUKSAS, VITTORIO GREGOTTI, NICHOLAS GRIMSHAW, DONALD HACKL, ZAHA HADID, SHIZUO HARADA, ANDREAS GOTTLIEB HEMPEL, HERMAN HERTZBERGER, THOMAS HERZOG, STEVEN HOLL, JAN HOOGSTAD, TOYO ITO, HELMUT JAHN, KIYONORI KIKUTAKE, KARLA KOWALSKI, VLADILEN KRASILNIKOV, ALEXANDER KUDRJAVTZEV, KISHO KUROKAWA, HENNING LARSEN, RICARDO LEGORRETA V., WU LIANGYONG, FUMIHIKO MAKI, IMRE MAKOVECZ, AL MANSFELD, RICHARD MEIER, LEONARD MOSKALEVICH, BENJAMIN MOUTON, HIROSHI NAITO, AGUSTIN HERNANDEZ NAVARRO, ANDREY NEKRASOV, MANFREDI NICOLETTI, JUHANI PALLASMAA, MARIO PAREDES, GUSTAV PEICHL, CESAR PELLI, FABIO PENTEADO, MIGUEL PEREIRA, RENZO PIANO, YURI PLATONOV, BART PRINCE, ANTOINE PREDOCK, KEVIN ROCHE, RICHARD ROGERS, MOSHE SAFDIE, JEAN PIERRE SAINTENOIS, HARRY SEIDLER, GEORGI STOILOV, VALENTIN STOLKO,PAOLO SOLERI, ROGER TAILLIBERT, CLORINDO TESTA, JIM TOROSSIAN, ERIC VAN EGERAAT, PEDRO RAMIREZ VAZQUEZ, JEAN-PAUL VIGUIER, R. RANDALL VOSBECK, RIKEN YAMAMOTO, KENNETH YEANG, ABRAHAM ZABLUDOVSKY, AYMERIC ZUBLENA.
Every three years IAA Secretariat renews the panels with the recent architectural built works and photos of IAA members.
Till now the exhibition has entertained visiting presentations in Istanbul, Skopje, Barcelona, Moscow, Sofia, Makhachkala, Astana, etc.
IAA avails of an extensive archive (paper and digital version)of recent projects and architectural built works of the majority of IAA Academicians and Professors.
13.2 Every three years IAA organizes (during Interarch-Sofia) significant international exhibitions-competitions of :
- architectural projects and built works;
- Student’s projects
- books and magazines on architecture;
- The IAA has established an International Club of Architects in purpose to organize seminars, workshops and conferences for its members from different countries of the world, including the former members of IFYA (older than 35 years).
- IAA President and IAA members take active part in the UN General Conferences and Forums.
The IAA supports and actively promotes all UN, UNESCO, UNCHS (Habitat), UNEP and UNIDO programs, declarations and decisions.
- IAA awards three Honorary Prizes.
16.1. IAA “Annual Prize” for best architectural project or built work (realized during the previous year);
IAA “Annual Prize” winners: 2001- Santiago Calatrava; 2002- Manfredi Nicoletti;
2003- Frank O`Gehry; 2004- Toyo Ito; 2005-Mario Botta; 2006- Jean Nouvel;
2007- Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon and Agustin Hernandez Navarro; 2008- Rem Koolhaas; 2009- Ricardo Legorreta; 2010- Daniel Libeskind; 2011- Richard England; 2012- Richard Meier and Renzo Piano; 2013 – Fumihiko Maki
2014 – David Childs
2015 – Erick van Egeraat
16.2. IAA “Grand Prix- Crystal Globe” (every three years) for a substantial contribution toward the development of the world architectural ideas both on theoretical and practical level.
- IAA “Grand Prix- Crystal Globe” winners: 1994- Pierre Vago; 1997- Norman Foster; 2000- Kiyonori Kikutake; 2003- Oscar Niemayer; 2006- Paul Andreu; 2009- Douglas Cardinal; 2012- Daniel Libeskind.
2015 – Massimiliano Fuksas
16.3. IAA “Grand prix” of one of the best architectural built works, presented at the “Interarch” exhibition-competition of architectural projects and built works.
Members of IAA members only are eligible for the last two prizes which could be awarded no more than once to one and the same person.
- IAA information activity:
IAA distributes information through its publications:
- IAA magazine World Architecture Masters – every WAM presents the architectural achievements of one IAA member; Till now IAA has published WAM dedicated to: Massimiliano Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Erick van Egeraat, Manfredi Nicoeltti, Norman Foster, Mario Botta, Renzo Piano, Ricardo Legorreta, Toyo Ito, Georgi Stoilov, Paul Andreu, Dominique Perrault, Justus Dahinden, Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon, Yuri Platonov, Tadao Ando, Daniel Libeskind and Ahmet Vefik Alp.
- WAM magazine contains: News- information about IAA activity and the new remarkable architectural built works around the world;
- Publications of guidelines and results of the international workshops and meetings.
- The IAA Publishing Centre started issuing a series of monographs of IAA Academicians: Norman Foster, Frei Otto, Georgi Stoilov etc.
- IAA Review which IAA stopped to publish in 2006.
- IAA Publications:
- The main IAA theoretical document is: CHARTER HORIZON 2000 - SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE FOR A SUSTAINABLE WORLD. It includes three IAA declarations: “Sustainable Architecture for a Sustainable World” /1994/; “Ecopolices-Settlements for Sustainable Development” /1996/ and “Declaration on Education in Architecture”/1997/;
- IAA has approved “Agenda’21” /2000/;
- Declaration in connection with the tragedy of 11 September 2001;
- Declaration “Globalization and Identity in Architecture” /2003/;
- Declaration “To save the suffering people of Haiti”;
- Declaration of IAA. Kusadasi (Turkey) Municipality and UNESCO Heritage Center on “Against the devastating effect of unplanned large scale rapid urbanization and urban sprawl over the past 40 years” in Kusadasi town (2011).