Member Sections & Working Bodies

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Member Sections & Working Bodies

We want to hear from you! Share projects and information relating to architects’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic at

UIA Community Architecture & Human Rights Work Programme

Covid-19 CA+HR architecture task team led by Nadia Tromp

Dedicated to advancing the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with a particular emphasis on Goal 11 (“Making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”), the WP has formed an architectural CA+HR task team, volunteer based, to assist with efforts relating to the Covid-19 crisis in South Africa, following President Ramaphosa’s announcement for a countrywide 21-day lockdown period, which commenced on 26 March 2020.

“We believe that architects have a unique skills set that could benefit our country during this time of crisis. We recognise that better planning and spatial management of the relief efforts must be put in place if we are to have the intended outcomes of saving as many lives as possible. We are calling on all architects and practices to come forward and support. We will be working closely with the National Department of Health and possibly limit inputs to remote advice and services.”

South African Institute of Architects – SAIA

The construction industry has been allowed to reopen, but a survey by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (Sacap) and South African Institute of Architects (Saia) shows severe hardship has already hit architectural firms due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

SAIA co-organises 5 online discussions on the subject of Post-Covid-19 Perspectives for Architecture in South Africa:

  • How has COVID-19 impacted how we address urban development and the city?
  • How has COVID-19 impacted urban design and how we live, work and play? 14th October 2020
  • How has COVID-19 impacted how we create responsive architecture?  21st October 2020
  • How has COVID-19 impacted the city and how we practice architecture? 28th October 2020
  • How has COVID-19 impacted the city and how we teach & learn architecture? 4 November 2020

Ordem de Arquitectos de Angola

  • Public Health Emergency Services: in response to WHO’s calls to African Governments to prepare for the worst scenario, the Order of Architects of Angola oriented its members to participate in training sessions available on the World Health Organisation platform (e.g. Severe Acute Respiratory Infection – SARI. Treatment Facility Design) for improving existing healthcare facilities or adapt other facilities to emergency situations.
  • How this pandemic is affecting architectural practice: OA is creating working groups to analyse the current situation, contribute to a model to refinance the economy and support the Government in the post-COVID-19 phase. It will also examine the adequacy of existing facilities and public services in containing and combating COVID-19.

Architectural Association of Kenya – AAK

Information dating from October 2020

Institute of Architects of Pakistan – IAP

IAP – Karachi Chapter presented the “CPG Pandemic Resilience Playbook“, an extensive document which sets out design strategies for the built environment, based on the consultancy’s technical expertise, past project experiences and international best practices and accompanied by “CPG Pandemic Resilience Playbook” webinar on 10 April 2021. CPG shared perspectives on developing pandemic resilience as a new dimension of urban resilience in the built environment. The session was followed by a Q & A session.

Information dating from May 2020


The Rawalpindi Islamabad Chapter of IAP has organised a lecture series on Zero Carbon COVID-19 Emergency Field Wards, presented by award-winning architect Yasmeen Lari.

With the Covid-19 lockdown still enforced in Pakistan, IAP -Karachi Chapter’s Executive Committee provided a platform where members could learn new software skills from the comfort of their homes, an initiative in line with the chapter’s “Be positive, be productive” campaign…

Malaysian Institute of Architects – PAM

Due to a Movement Control Order announced by the Government of Malaysia, PAM Secretariat will be working from home from 1 June until further notice.

PAM announces a Construction Industry Vaccination Program (CIVac) effort led by the Ministry of Works, opening 21 June 2021, to accelerate the vaccination of construction workforce to achieve herd immunity and reduce the number of COVID-19 workplace clusters. “This would protect the well-being of employees and consequently help expedite Malaysia’s economic recovery.”

Information dating from April 2020


PAM is currently coordinating donations for PPE

Starting 16 March 2020, regulations concerning COVID-19 & rescheduling of PAM events: