13 June 2014


Press Release

In the build-up to the 25th World Congress on Architecture, UIA2014 Durban, world-renowned architect, I. M. Pei, has been awarded the 2014 UIA Gold Medal in recognition of his remarkable contribution to the field of architecture. The Gold Medal recognises a living architect for his outstanding achievement in architecture, as well as for his distinguished service to man and society and is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon an architect by his fellow architects. Since 1984, the UIA has honoured eminent architects worldwide with the prize on the occasion of the UIA triennial world congresses.

The Congress, to be held at the International Convention Centre Durban (ICC) from 3-7 August 2014, will bring together architects, design and built environment professionals, pioneers in urban planning and thinking, activists, city makers, academics and researchers, students, Government officials, decision makers and thought leaders, citizens and communities - to debate and discuss alternative strategies for the design and delivery of more habitable, functional and beautiful cities.

International keynote Speakers include Susannah Drake (USA), 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize-winner, Toyo Ito (Japan), Francis Kéré (Burkina Faso), Rahul Mehrotra (India), Joe Osae-Addo (Ghana), Gerardo Salinas (Mexico), Cameron Sinclair (USA) and 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize-winner, Wang Shu (China); as well as Sindile Ngonyama, President of SAIA, and Wally Serote from South Africa.

The Programme, has been devised to explore the overarching Congress theme of ‘architecture OTHERWHERE’, as well as the themes of Resilience, Economy and Values, and to further conversations around critical built environment issues in South Africa, Africa and the world.

An extensive Student Programme, convened with the assistance of local Architectural students, forms an integral part of the main event, offering young professionals of the future the opportunity to meet and engage with students and professionals from around the world.

Running alongside the Congress, delegates will be able to explore Durban in new and unexpected ways, through a Fringe Programme, which includes exhibitions, film screenings, tours and walkabouts, cultural events, social and networking activities. These events will be open to both delegates and the general public.

Also open to the public, a Trade Expo in the Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC), promises to offer the latest product developments, technological innovations, and service offerings in the world of architecture and design.

For media accreditation visit: http://uia2014durban.org/media/media_accreditation.htm

To register as a delegate visit: http://uia2014durban.org/get_involved/register_to_attend.htm


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