Australian architect Louise Cox becomes president of the International Union of Architects (UIA)

Following the General Assembly held in Turin, Italy, from July 3-6, 2008, Louise Cox succeeded Gaetan Siew as president of the International Union of Architects for the triennial period 2008-2011.

A member of the UIA Council since 1996, Cox was Vice-President for Asia and Oceania from 2002 to 2005, and first Vice-President of the UIA from 2005 to 2008. She has been actively involved in the UIA structures dedicated to education since 1996, as a member of the UIA Architectural Education commission and the UNESCO-UIA Validation Council for Architectural Education. In this capacity, she contributed greatly to revising the Charter for Architectural Education and drafting the documents that make up the UNESCOUIA Validation System for Architectural Education. From 2005 to 2008, she also represented UIA region IV (Asia and Oceania) on the joint oversight committee (JOC) for the UIA international continuing professional development program.

Cox was coordinator of the UIA work programs on architectural heritage and helped establish closer collaboration with ICOMOS and DoCoMoMo. She also participated in the creation of the UIA website on 20th-century architectural heritage and continues to participate in its evolution.

After having received her architecture degree from the University of Sydney, Cox has served as president of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects RAIA, and of the RAIA New South Wales chapter. She has gained a solid professional experience in the areas of architectural programming and construction management, especially in works dealing with the restoration and conservation of heritage buildings.

Cox has placed sustainable professional practices at the heart of her presidential program and is committed to energetically supporting the international continuing education system. In her own words, she “wants to make UIA an inclusive, respectful, tolerant, and visionary organization, working to ameliorate poverty and homelessness.”

Candidate to the UIA presidency along with Giancarlo Ius, who passed away tragically on the day of the elections, Louise Cox has committed to pursuing, along with her own, the goals elaborated by Giancarlo Ius for the coming triennial period. Cox is the second woman to serve as UIA president, following Sara Topelson de Grinberg who held the post from 1996 to 1999.

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