Member Sections & Working Bodies

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

Member Sections & Working Bodies

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

Urban Thinkers Campus: Architects’ response in reshaping cities that are resilient in pandemic situations

As part of the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign, the UIA recently organised the latest global online Urban Thinkers Campus webinar, entitled: Architects’ response in reshaping our cities that are resilient to pandemic situations. Speakers included Ishtiaque Zahir Titas (Bangladesh) and Nathalie Mossin (Denmark), co-directors of the UIA Sustainable Development Goals Commission.

Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE)

The Architects’ Council of Europe has published the findings of two surveys issued to its Member Organisations to understand how they are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, to evaluate its initial impact on the architectural profession, and to collect information about measures in place to help SMEs and the self-employed.

Habitat Professionals Forum (HPF)

The Habitat Professionals Forum was founded in 1999 under the auspices of UN-HABITAT as an interdisciplinary partnership of Human Settlement Professionals and UN HABITAT. The Forum was established to promote the delivery of sustainable urbanization and equitable human settlements development. It consists of international associations of human settlements professions which are democratic, non-profit, non-political and […]

Chinese National Assessment Standard for Green Building

As the places of people’s work and residence, the built environment is regarded as a crucial aspect of COVID-19 prevention and control. The Chinese National Assessment Standard for Green Building (GB/T 50378-2019) expands the connotation of green building, which pays more attention to the safety, health and livability on the basis of “four savings and environmental protection”. This paper puts forward the contribution of GB/T 50378-2019 during the process of COVID-19 prevention and control.


Japan Institute of Architects – JIA

JIA has launched its own official COVID-19 Architectural Information Hub.

JIA has been operating under the same restrictions as many of the UIA’s other national organisations. The Japanese government’s State of Emergency was extended until 25 May in Tokyo and four other prefectures (Chiba, Kanagawa, Saitama and Hokkaido). It is now lifted. The JIA office opened on 26 May 2020.

Because the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare encourages people to avoid the “3Cs” (Closed space, Crowded places, Close contact), JIA notes that:

  • almost all international events are postponed;
  • almost all committee meetings as well as that for the Board of Directors are held virtually;
  • avoid the three types of congestion at construction sites.

JIA is pleased to spotlight some noteworthy examples of Japanese architects cooperating in the combat against COVID-19:

Please also find the latest version of the COVID-19 countermeasures for Japanese construction sites issued by the Ministry of Land Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. (JIA thanks the Indian Institute of Architects for their kind English translation of the document. The Japanese version is here.)

UIA Public Health Group (PHG)

The UIA Public Health Group (PHG) has developed a PHG COVID-19 Bulletin. The Bulletin includes news, webinars, conferences, information, projects, guidelines and research related to environmental approaches that help fight the COVID-19 virus.

The information was collected from different UIA-PHG member countries and major world organizations such as WHO and IHF (International Hospital Federation).

View the bulletin here

Public Spaces Work Programme (Bolivian branch)


CAPSULTOL is an isolation module for COVID-19 patients, incorporating ancestral knowledge of the medicinal properties of eucalyptus, chamomile, cocoa and medicinal plants, as well as modern medicine and theories of regenerative architecture. Its construction is sustainable, since it uses recycled materials, and it can be installed in 2 days. It operatates mainly on solar power and includes a ventilation system that generates a microclimate suitable for the recovery of the patient, adapted to the altitude in which it is located.