Organising Committees

UIA 2014 Organisation Committee

With a committee of respected, experienced and driven architects and built environment professionals the UIA 2014 Organisation Committee has everything it needs to ensure that the event ushers the architectural profession on to the next stage of its evolution.

The committee is representative of the creativity and professionalism of the African architectural and built environment community. It is responsible for the planning, implementation and publicising of the congress as well as the co-ordination of all projects linked to the congress.

In addition to steering the direction of the congress and fundraising, a key element of the OC's role is the legacy projects which will continue to inspire and motivate the South African architectural profession and public long after the event has ended. These projects will seek to shape the city space and the lives of those who generate the vibrancy and colour for which Durban is famed.

The Durban Organising Committee

The Durban Organising Committee (DOC) comprises students and professionals with an interest in architecture and the built environment, all with a drive to see Durban host a game-changing UIA 2014 congress as well as showcase the architecture and built environment of the city, and the continent, to fellow professionals and an international audience.

The journey to Durban UIA 2014 started at the World Congress held in Istanbul in 2005 with the bid finally won in Turin in 2008. The committee has grown and adapted with the challenges of putting together such a significant event and the city is expected to host between 5,000 and 7,000 visitors.

The committee is chaired by Nina Saunders, past-president of the KwaZulu-Natal Institute for Architects.

The DOC has defined its areas of work as:

  • Cultural and social events
  • Cultural and social events related to the congress
  • Cultural and social parallel events
  • Urban forum
  • Promotion
  • Documentation and publications
  • Education outreach

To ensure a stellar congress the DOC has partnered with local specialists and experts.