July 25, 2019 N/A
This year USA will host the EAIA AGM and Council meeting which will be combined with the annual Symposium under the theme: “The Changing Role of the Architect Today: the New Global Agenda to create sustainable and resilient urban development”.
The two day event will run on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th July 2019 at the Imperial Resort Hotel, Entebbe.
The international arena
The New Urban Agenda was adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, on 20 October 2016. It was endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly at its sixty-eighth plenary meeting of the seventy-first session on 23 December 2016.
The New Urban Agenda represents a shared vision for a better and more sustainable future. If well-planned and well-managed, urbanization can be a powerful tool for sustainable development for both developing and developed countries.
“Africa, a continent exceptionally rich in biodiversity, is rapidly urbanizing. Africa’s urbanization is manifest in the growth of its mega cities as well as that of its smaller towns and cities”.
Urban population growth presents a threat to the continent's eco-systems and East Africa is no exception. Cities like Kampala, Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam, and Kigali, are expanding and beginning to feel the strain on the infrastructure. This growth is coupled with socio-economic impact and questions of governance. Yet, these cities could be the source of green and sustainable development that could safeguard the environment while offering opportunities for communities.
The Architect’s Role Today
“For centuries the architect was the master builder; the one who was responsible for both the design and the construction of a project with sufficient construction expertise to oversee the project from inception to completion.
Eventually, complexity of projects required a higher level of specialization leading to the separation of the designer and the builder. Since that separation, the role of the designer, or architect, has continued to shift and evolve. In recent history, the architect has been the one selected by a building owner, at the inception of the project, as the professional who is able to assist and represent the owner throughout the duration of the project.
Today however, the role of the architect is once again shifting and leading the architect in a different direction. Building owners are beginning to approach the builder through a design-build or construction manager delivery method first and relying upon them for the overall project and construction expertise instead of the architect.
The architect will continue to carry the responsibility of creating the building’s design and producing the construction documents. It is very unlikely that this role will change. Any of its other construction related roles, however, are being assumed by the build team. If the architect remains on its current path, it will continue to become more specialized with design and production and carry less responsibility.” Chad B. Jones
How relevant is the architect to the realities of the clients today and changing conditions of the site? Is the architect aware, let alone skilled, to contend with growing challenges of urbanization such as traffic jam, housing shortage, climate change, urban poverty, terrorism and insecurity etc.
Is the architectural profession heading in a negative direction, while construction processes are evolving in new areas of opportunity?
How can the Architect reclaim his/her lost responsibilities, explore new alternative services, and promote a higher level of collaboration with the build team? How can the architect be relevant to today’s issues?
This event aims at promoting the debate and exploration of how the architecture profession can drive creation of more sustainable urban space. It shall bring together architects and engineers and development actors to exchange experiences and discuss sustainable design solutions in order to raise awareness for the New Urban Agenda and how it can be translated into practice, in East-Africa.
Even more specifically, the Conference will provide an opportunity to present, discuss and share lessons and investigate possible innovative approaches, mainstreaming tools and partnerships on the basis of presentation of best practices, case studies and group discussions.
The issues will be addressed in 4 topics:
1. The Architect and Urban Poverty – Framing the avenues architects have to address challenges of the low income groups
2. The Architect and Urban Infrastructure – What value do Architects add to Urban Infrastructure projects?
3. The Architect and the politics of projects – How can the Architect remain relevant in the boardroom? Re-skilling the Architect for project management roles? The architecture of partnerships, project finance, innovative contracting?
4. Sustainable building design, Renewable Construction materials and Energy Efficient design – What are the benefits of sustainable building schemes and designs? Can the impact be measure?
5. Participatory design – How can the architect use participatory design as a tool to respond to the needs of communities?
Fees (for non-residents):
Early bird (By 31st March 2019):
Corporate Members: 350,000
Graduates & Technicians: 200,000
Late payments (1st April 2019):
Corporate Members: 450,000
Graduates & Technicians: 300,000