AIA Europe Spring 2018 Conference "Youth Space & Urban Transformation" in Pristina, Kosovo - A Great Success!

Photos by Gentiana Thaqi and Carsten Hanssen.  Read Full Conference Summary written by Lorraine King, AIA.

We saw an interesting country, full of contrasts and contradictions. The youngest and poorest of Europe, but with great potentials. A country with a communist background that now is facing global and open markets and “western” economy models.

The average age in Kosovo is 27. There is the good and the bad, but these young guys are industrious, they will have great results in the next 10 years. I was also speechless about the welcome and kindness of Kosovo people. Everywhere.

At the end, I came home with 1,746 photos! It’s a lot and this means that we visited a pretty stimulating place. I really liked and enjoyed the conference and I’m proud to say that I learned a lot.

Thank you Bard, Thank you Kosovo, Thank you AIA.
— Sergio Accatino, Int'l Assoc. AIA, Honolulu, Hawaii


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From Tom Vonier, FAIA - 2017 AIA President, 2018 President of the International Union of Architects:

With regret, we note the death last night of Alan Schwartzman in his ninety-fifth year. Alan was a founding member of AIA Europe. We first met in Paris in 1992. At the time, he was a partner with Davis Brody Architects, dividing his time between Paris and Manhattan.

Alan helped to form the AIA Chapter in Europe and was its second president. A Chapter stalwart, with his wife, Ruth, who died last year, Alan was a man of constant and generous counsel. He became a Fellow of the Institute 42 years ago, earning this citation: “Through his imaginative and creative involvement in design, the practice aspects of architecture, education, and service to the profession, Alan Schwartzman has become the very personification of the complete architect.”

That is a fitting epitaph for a generous and kind man who will be remembered fondly by all who knew him. The photograph is from a 1998 Chapter meeting in Paris.



AIA Europe's Emerging Professionals Committee (EPC) has been formed to support professionals in the early stages of their careers. We are associate members, members on the path to US licensure, and newly licensed architects working and living in Europe. Through communication and education, the EPC hopes to encourage the participation and leadership of emerging professionals within AIA Europe. Engaging the next generation of architects is fundamental to a strong and vibrant chapter, and the AIA. Email Committee Chair Carrie Wilbert at to learn how to get involved.

Call For Entries: IABSE Future of Design Conference in NYC, April 28, 2018.

2017 AIA Europe Scholarship Recipient Jasmin Sadegh is organizing the IABSE Future of Design Conference in NYC, April 28, 2018. The theme of this year's conference is Intersections: insights and ideas about creative collaborations. They are currently seeking stories of interesting collaborations! Submit a 30-120 second video before 15 March and get 50% off your conference admissions price. See call for entries here.

2018 President Looking Forward To Year Ahead


Dear AIA Europe colleagues and friends,

It is my honor and pleasure to serve as your president in 2018. A year in which we will continue our conference tradition with two very interesting venues coming up, in the spring, in Pristina, Kosovo, April 5th 8th, and in the fall, in Budapest, September 27th-30th, where we hope to welcome many of you.

Let me thank here again, our past 2017 president Tiffany Melençon, for the excellent work that was achieved in reaching out to students and emerging professionals, and also in the upkeep and feed of our website and newsletters ensuring our monthly reach out to our members.

We’ve started off the year in action with an intense and constructive board meeting which was held on January 13th in Paris. For several years in a row, the board has initiated actions to attract students of architecture and emerging architecture professionals to our chapter, to help and participate in our conferences and eventually join us and become members. This is the next generation and the future of our chapter. Our board has acknowledged this again and it was decided to create a chair for emerging professionals on the board, and make financial aid available to help EP to attend our conferences. The board would like to thank here especially Robert Zinkhan, AIA who donated a 1000$ stipend for helping students to attend our conferences. A warm thank you, Robert !  Another new task the board voted in this year is to establish more formalized collaborations with external partner organizations in order to broaden the visibility of our chapter in Europe.

Our AIA international Associate members received notice last December that AIA National will start to require yearly continuing education credits from this member category as well. Our AIA Int'l Assoc. members, like myself, are often locally in Europe registered architects. So in my role as president this year, I will reach out to local architect’s orders and organizations to try to set up partnership allowing recognition of our conference learning units in the European national continuing education requirements. This will not be an easy task and I will reach out to all of you who have the right connection in order to set this up. More especially I have asked our founding member and last year’s AIA national president, Tom Vonier, who has taken up responsibilities as the UIA 2018 president to help in this. In March, I will present our chapter at AIA national grassroots leadership conference in San Diego, Ca and in June again at AIA’18 national conference in New York.

A big thank you to all our board members for their dedication and time they invest in our organization, and all of our members for continuing support and participation in the past and in this upcoming year. Special thanks to our treasurer Sandra Zettersen, for her longlasting and ongoing investment in AIA Europe and to Elisabeth Heudebourg for the great logistic help, without whom all this would not be possible.

Looking forward to a promising year in advancing our members and chapters interest, I wish all of you and your families all the best for 2018.

Carsten Hanssen, AIA Int’l Assoc.,                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Architecte du Patrimoine, Architecte DPLG                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2018 AIA Europe President

A Great Year For AIA Europe


Dear Colleagues,

2017 has been a special year for AIA Europe in many ways. First, we were privileged to see one of our own serve as AIA National President and successfully lead the organization to a 90,000 record-level membership. As both AIA President and active chapter member, Tom Vonier's participation in our Spring and Fall Conferences this year helped bridge the gap between local and National interests like never before, and our members will continue to benefit from this going forward.

We also hosted our first joint conference with the AIA International Region. The 150 who attended October's Prague 20/20 experienced first hand the unlimited potential of our truly global network. It’s well known that AIA Europe conferences make good friends, and we can now include members from AIA Middle East, AIA Japan, AIA Shanghai, AIA Hong Kong, AIA U.K., and AIA Canada among them.

As the 2nd oldest of the seven International chapters, AIA Europe has developed a unique conference format that has sustained our chapter over the last 23 years. The conference structure is solid – confirmed by the four terrific locations planned through 2019 – but we must focus on widening the participants and attracting new members to the chapter. One way we’re doing this is by talking directly with the younger generation. Through the great efforts of our past, present, and future Board of Directors lead by Carsten Hanssen in 2018, we will continue to support recent programs like the AIA Europe Scholarship and local student design competitions in our conferences. With half the city population under the age of 25, Pristina, Kosovo will be the perfect conference location to highlight the youth perspective on architecture and urban development, and welcome new friends to the chapter. We hope to see you there next Spring.

I thank the conference organizers and the entire Board of Directors for their precious time and volunteer efforts this year, and all of our members for your continued membership and support in 2018.

Tiffany Melançon, Int’l Assoc. AIA, SIA

2017 AIA Europe President                                                                                        


AIA Europe and AIA IR Joint Conference – Prague 20/20 – Successfully Convenes in Prague

From October 5th through 8th 2017, 150+ AIA Members from all seven IR chapters met in the Czech Senate Building for three days of informative lectures and talks followed by diverse Prague city and building tours.  At the Saturday night Gala Dinner held in the Lobkowicz Palace, Conference attendees celebrated fellowship, camaraderie, and the recipients of the AIA International Region Design Awards. Click here for a recap of the AIA International Region Design Awards published in Arch Daily.

Are You Pursuing U.S. Licensure From Abroad? AIA UK Welcomes You To Their Free Informational Event ‘NCARB And You’ Tuesday, October 3, 2017


AIA UK is pleased to present this lecture on the path to becoming a licensed architect in the United States, with invited speakers from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). This presentation will be of interest to students, aspiring architects, foreign-registered architects and those in the architecture and construction industry who are considering to practice as an architect in the US in the future. 

Topics will include the role of NCARB as well as the different entities involved in the licensure process, the Education and Experience requirements as well as what to expect in the Architectural Registration Exams (ARE); and Certification after licensure for those seeking extra mobility to move and work around the country.

If you have questions about NCARB and the process of getting licensed from abroad, please EMAIL us before October 3rd and they will be asked at the event!

Click here for event details and free registration.


AIA Europe Member and 2017 AIA President, Thomas Vonier, FAIA, Elected President of the International Union of Architects.

Washington, D.C. – September 13, 2017 – Thomas Vonier, FAIA, 2017 AIA President was elected President of the International Union of Architects (UIA) during the 2017 UIA World Congress and General Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. Vonier will lead the Paris-based organization that represents 1.6 million architects worldwide through more than 100 national member sections for a three-year term.  

“The UIA is strong. We have regained our place as an influential world organization, fully engaged with the United Nations, UNESCO and other world bodies. We are advancing global policies and programs of real significance,” said Vonier during his campaign. “We must show the world how architecture can help to resolve the difficult issues facing society and our planet. The UIA is here to unify architects worldwide, influence global policies and outcomes, and advance the power of architecture to meet human needs.”

Vonier plans to engage government bodies and international organizations on meeting global challenges through design, while promoting cooperation among architects around the world. Vonier, who heads a consulting practice based in Paris and Washington D.C., has completed projects in Europe, East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. “American architects and AIA members should be proud to have an especially qualified representative in Thomas Vonier, FAIA, to lead the global architectural association, the UIA,” said Robert Ivy, FAIA, AIA EVP/CEO. “Tom’s unique perspective and experience will help us all share the power of architecture worldwide.”  

Established in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1948, the UIA is recognized as a non-governmental organization by the United Nations. It works on matters of professional and public interest through three permanent commissions and various work programs. It is chartered to unite architects internationally, without regard to nationality, ethnicity, or political viewpoint.

“As Secretary General of the UIA for the past three years, Tom demonstrated strong leadership through a deep understanding of the international architecture community, and a clear vision for unity,” said 2017 First Vice President/2018 President Elect Carl Elefante, FAIA. “I look forward to the progress our community will make under his leadership.”

AIA International Region Design Awards Deadline Extended to August 25th!

AIA Europe is one of six international chapters of the AIA International Region. Together, all chapters work to bring forward the shared IR mission of providing a collaborative leadership platform to empower members and encourage global success through best practice, innovative thinking, and design excellence.

AIA IR Design Awards are one of the very tangible benefits of the Region which is a free benefit to all IR members covered by chapters, the Institute, and IR sponsors. The Awards receive publication annually, are exhibited in top quality venues (like A'18 in NYC) and are presented on multiple continents!

This year, our Jury Chair and Past Institute President, Helene Dreiling, FAIA will make a special visit to Prague to announce the winners. We encourage AIA Europe members to have a chance to get the recognition you deserve!  We hope to see winners from every Chapter to be celebrated in Prague.  

How to submit:

  • The entire process is very simple; just one Powerpoint and a few on-line fill-in-the-blanks. Click here.

Call for Symposium and Architectural Projects Exhibition CAUMME PAUMME 2018 “Borders in Architecture”

AIA Europe Member, Murat D. Soygenis, AIA, RIBA is co-founder of the platform AUMME which organizes a series of events with Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey.

AIA Europe members are invited to submit their papers and projects to the upcoming AUMME International Symposium and Architectural Projects Exhibition “CAUMME PAUMME 2018- Contemporary Architecture & Urbanism in the Mediterranean & the Middle East," taking place November 22-23rd, 2018. The symposium aims to rethink the meaning and design of borders in theory and practice of architecture.

In addition to the symposium book containing texts and projects, selected papers will be published in a special edition of a peer reviewed journal called Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research. 

Please see the Call for Papers, Projects and Event Details at

AIA Europe Represented at the European Architectural Heritage Awards (AADIPA) Held in Barcelona, Spain.

AIA Europe First Vice-President, Carsten Hanssen, represented AIA Europe at the European Architectural Heritage Awards (AADIPA) held in Barcelona, Spain June 14th to 15th, 2017.

In addition to being a part of the 15 person international jury invited to judge the 200 submitted projects, Carsten also moderated a lively panel discussion about Architectural Heritage in Europe and presented the AIA Europe Chapter to the attending audience of architects.

AADIPA discovered the AIA European Chapter at our Spring 2016 Conference in Barcelona and asked for our support in finding two American architects to lecture on architectural Heritage practice in the United States.  AIA Europe was pleased to welcome two renowned US experts David Fixler, FAIA from Boston and William Dupont, FAIA from San Antonio, Texas to the European Architectural Heritage Awards Event.

The winners of the AADIPA Awards were announced on the last day of the event, with a cocktail held at the Catalan Order of Architect's building across from the 13th century Barcelona Cathedral – reminding the participants of the old and new architecture they had gathered to debate and celebrate.


Practicing in Continental Europe: An Interview with the AIA Europe Chapter featured in YAF Journal.

The current 'Jet Set' issue of Connection - The Journal of AIA'S Young Architects' Forum - is dedicated to International Practice and how young architects can use their skills across the globe. Many AIA International Region members have contributed to 'Jet Set,' including AIA President, Tom Vonier (p. 06), Tiffany Melançon of AIA Europe (p. 32), Steven Miller of AIA Middle East (p. 24), and Lorraine King of AIA UK (p. 28).  Click here to read.

AIA Europe Announces 2017 AIA Europe Scholarship Recipient: Johana Elizabeth Monroy

AIA Europe is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has awarded the 2017 AIA Europe Scholarship to Johana Monroy, a Master's student at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, in Barcelona, Spain. Johana is from Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. where she received her Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from the Pratt Institute in 2013.

Johana will present her current work and research at the AIA Europe / AIA International Region Conference in Prague this October. Johana says of her time studying in Europe, "My goal is to share with others the many things I have learned here. I plan to teach at a university and impact students in their thinking that architecture involves learning from many disciplines, understanding a multitude of cultures, accepting different ways of living and thinking, and making design come alive through experiences that are outside of your comfort zone." We look forward to welcoming Johana in Prague.

AIA Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) Seeking AIA Europe Members Specializing in Healthcare Design.

The American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) is looking AIA Europe members who specialize in Healthcare Design in Europe to be a part of an International Initiatives Committee where healthcare architects can come together to share information.  The committee will consist of at least one member from each of the AIA International Chapters that is involved with healthcare architecture.  Ultimately, each chapter could have an AAH Component that would hold knowledge sharing events and share healthcare knowledge.  The Academy and initiative committee’s missions are:

  • To improve the quality of healthcare through design by developing, documenting, and disseminating knowledge; educating healthcare architects and other related constituencies; advancing the practice of healthcare architecture; improving the design of health care environments; affiliating and advocating with others that share our vision and promoting research.
  • To assist regional groups of healthcare architects in establishing or enhancing local programs providing knowledge sharing events.  It is, also, important to assist in establishing a connection between local and AAH leaders to enhance each other.

Interested members should contact AAH Committee Leader Larry Staples, AIA.

Many Thanks To AIA Europe Sponsor Laufen For Hosting Switzerland Section Event At Architect@Work Fair In Zürich

Long-time AIA Europe sponsor Laufen Bathrooms welcomed AIA Europe members from Switzerland to an evening event last month in Zurich. After a cocktail reception at the Brasserie, Laufen presented the newest Arwa and Laufen line of products, and their new collection of SaphirKeramik pieces. Laufen was exhibiting their new lines at Architect@Work, a design exhibition for architects and interior designers that takes place in several countries across Europe. The event was concluded with a casual meal at the Brasserie where it all started. AIA Europe thanks our sponsor Laufen for the warm welcome and the opportunity to co-operate on this section event.

Looking Back: The First Architecture During Art Symposium

AIA Europe, in collaboration with Swiss Ceramics manufacturer Laufen, organized the first Architecture During Art Symposium in the Laufen Forum in June 2013. Since then, The Laufen Architecture During Art Symposium has become an anticipated yearly event of thought-provoking conversations that coincides with Art Basel / Design Miami. 2013-14 AIA Europe Switzerland Section Director Tiffany Melançon conceived and organized the first symposium titled 'The Architect That Makes Everything' to bring a critical discussion of contemporary architecture to the context of Art Basel and Design/Miami Basel.

'The Architect That Makes Everything' compared today's architect to the 'Total Design' architect of the past, and explored the rising role of the architect as the collaborative player, working simultaneously across the fields of art, architecture, and design.  As a professional organization, AIA Europe also invited the speakers to consider the implications for the future of the profession. Presentations by Simon Frommenweiler of  HHF Architects (Basel), Marc Fornes of Theverymany(NYC) and Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen of Snarkitecture (NYC), followed by a panel discussion moderated by Frame and Mark Magazines editor, Robert Thiemann, addressed the symposium theme – Click here to read the full event review published in Frame Magazine.