AIA President Thomas Vonier Elected UIA President
2017 American Institute of Architects (AIA) President Thomas Vonier, FAIA, 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, which represents 1.6 million architects across more than 100 member sections worldwide, for a three-year term.
Developed in Switzerland in 1948, the UIA is recognized as a non-governmental organization by the United Nations. During his tenure, Vonier will work to engage government bodies and international organizations in responding to global challenges through design while also promoting cooperation among international architects.
“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,” Vonier said 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.”