AIA Europe Member, Founder Inaugurated as 2017 AIA National President

AIA Europe is proud that active chapter member, founder and past president Tom Vonier, FAIA has been inaugurated as the 2017 American Institute of Architects National President. The inauguration ceremony was held on December 10th at the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.; click here to read his inauguration remarks. AIA Europe recognizes the value that Tom's international experience and perspective will bring to AIA National and we wish him all the best for the year ahead.

AIA Europe at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin

At the recent World Architecture Festival in Berlin, Germany, AIA Europe was proud to contribute to one of the more important discussions for architects in Europe today. As part of the WAF's Seminar Program: Housing For Everyone, AIA Europe Eastern Section Director, Bard Rama, Int'l. Assoc. AIA, presented an informative lecture about temporary housing and the refugee response across Europe.

Bard brought to the WAF his experience from the Working Conference on Reception & Housing of Migrants and Refugees held in Amsterdam a week prior, allowing him to present real-time information and data from the field together with several examples of currently unfolding projects. He presented a wide range of solutions from the “Home Away From Home” Design Competition for innovative temporary housing, and showed real cases in Munich, Berlin, and Amsterdam, the best of which are placing temporary units within residential areas or preparing occupants to self-manage their settlements.

He shared insights from the Housing Europe Scoping Paper, which identifies several challenges at present regarding the lack of housing, difficulty of maintaining building standards, information gaps and lack of administrative capacity, and concluded with the official list of recommendations to help improve practices by better use of EU policies, EU funding, and knowledge sharing. 

To learn more about temporary housing solutions and the refugee response in Europe, visit these links: 

AIA Europe Tours Newly Named 'Best Tall Building of Europe': White Walls in Nicosia, Cyprus

A key site visit at the latest AIA Europe Conference Girne/ Kyrenia: Communicating Across Cultures was recently named Best Tall Building of Europe by The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).  White Walls, by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, was awarded the prize at the CTBUH Awards Symposium and Dinner on November 3, 2016 in Chicago.  Day three of the AIA Europe International Conference took attendees to the Cyprus capital of Nicosia, where Nice Day Developments LTD (building owner and developer), Takis Sophocleous Architects (Architect of Record), and E&Y (primary tenant) presented a private tour of White Walls' offices and apartments.  Architect Demetris Sophocleous gave an informative lecture about the building's construction and performance. Click here for building photos and feature in Architect Magazine.

AIA Europe Eastern Section Director Presenting at The World Architecture Festival in Berlin, Germany

AIA Europe Eastern Section Director Bard Rama will be one of 50 speakers presenting at The World Architecture Festival, currently taking place in Berlin, Germany from the 16th - 18th of November. Bard, who has worked with refugee/displaced housing rebuilding programs under the IRC and currently doing PhD research on Sustainable residential complexes, will participate in a panel titled "Temporary Housing – Refugee Response" which will take place on Wednesday the 18th from 5.20 - 16.00. Click here to visit The World Architecture Festival Website for more information about the speakers and programs.

AIA at the UN Habitat III Conference in Quito, Equador

2017 AIA National President and AIA Europe member Thomas Vonier FAIA attended Habitat III  – the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustain-able Development held in Quito, Equador from the 17th through 20th of October, 2016. This important UN Conference occurs in the bi-decennial cycle (1976, 1996 and 2016 so far). The AIA President Elect shared his experience of the Habitat III Conference, as well as his thoughts about the architect's role in achieving the UN's "New Urban Agenda" in a recently published article. Click here to read the article. 

AIA International Presents at Prague Architecture Week

Anticipating AIA Europe–AIA International's joint conference in Prague fall 2017, AIA International participated in Prague Architecture Week, held from the 26th of September through 9th of October, 2016.  Steven Miller, FAIA, International Director and representative to the AIA Strategic Council, presented a lecture about smart cities in relation to the Architecture Week theme, Organic City, and AIA IR had a booth in the AW exhibition area promoting the design excellence and professionalism of the members of the AIA International Region. Click here to visit the Prague Architecture Week website for more information.

AIA Europe Spring Conference Announced

Nice  | Eileen Gray, Le Corbusier and the Cap Moderne
05 May – 08 May 2017

Plans are afoot for AIA Europe's 2017 Spring conference in the South of France. Architects and historians, Claudia and David Devaux, Int'l Assoc. AIA, will lead the discovery of this recently restored modernist site.  Registration will open in February 2017.  Until then, see a detailed outline of the conference here

Lille Event - AIA UK Partners with AIA Europe's France Section

Lille | City Excursion
04 November - 06 November 2016

2015 President Bertrand Coldefy, Int'l Assoc. AIA,Thomas Coldefy, Int'l Assoc. AIA, Chantal Coldefy and Isabel Van Haute have joined forces with AIA UK to put on an event in Lille, France.  Visits include projects by Robert Mallet-Stevens, Jean Nouvel, and others.  Approximately 12.5 CES credits will be available.  Early bird registration ends October 15th. For more details and registration information, see here. 

Triangulate in Toronto | AIA International Second Annual Conference, October 20th - 23rd, 2016

Locating, connecting, and organizing our global architectural community to inform, inspire, and involve.  

AIA Europe members are invited to join AIA International in Toronto as we gather the leaders of our global organization for a long weekend of stimulating discussions sparked by presentations from prominent leaders in design and environmental awareness.  Tour impressive architectural and urban design developments and enjoy a gala dinner at which the winners of the 2016 AIA International Region Design Awards program will be announced.

Click here for a full conference description and registration.

AIA Europe Represented in 2016 AIA Convention Peer Review Program

For the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia, AIA Europe Eastern Section Director, Bardhyl Rama, acted as a peer reviewer for the National Convention Education Program. Bard was selected as a peer reviewer based on an application process. For those who are interested in applying for future conventions, or would like to learn more about how the Convention Education Program is put together, he has generously agreed to share his experience here.


AIA Europe Scholarship Awarded

AIA Europe is pleased to announce the 2016-17 AIA Europe Scholarship has been awarded to Jasmin Sadegh, a graduate student at the University of Stuttgart Integrative Technology and Architectural Design Research program (ITECH).

Jasmin moved from the US to Germany after earning a degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University in 2013. At ITECH, she studies architectural design from various perspectives including structural, computational and fabrication, while her thesis research focuses on lightweight structures and Frei Otto’s form finding methods developed in Stuttgart. 

AIA Europe supports architects with ties to both Europe and the United States, and The AIA Europe Scholarship supports the future generation of architects who aim to think and work across borders.

AIA Europe is Pleased to Welcome New Members for 2016

Ezra Abraham, AIA, Germany
Paulo Martins Barata, Int’l Assoc. AIA, Portugal
Nasser Chemays, Int’l Assoc. AIA, Romania
Lauren Grieco, Assoc. AIA, Netherlands
Myrto Grigori, Assoc. AIA, Greece
Holger Haug, Int’l Assoc. AIA, Germany
W. Jody Heady, AIA, United States
Krzysztof Kotala, Assoc. AIA, Poland
Sofia Koutsenko, Assoc. AIA, Netherlands
Ka Ki Lee, Assoc. AIA, France
Schumetta McLendon, Assoc. AIA, United States
Zoltan Neville, Assoc. AIA, France
Mark Shapiro, AIA, Portugal
Jacob Spruit III, Assoc. AIA, Denmark
Michaela Terwilliger, Assoc. AIA, Switzerland
Katherine White, AIA, Netherlands
Alexander Zusik, Int’l Assoc. AIA, Russia