Kampala-President Yoweri Museveni will preside over the 11th Africa Union of Architects (AUA) Congress from August 3-7, 2015, at the Speke Resort Hotel, Munyonyo.
The AUA is a body that unites Architects from all over Africa under their national membership associations, and was founded in 1981 in Lagos Nigeria, with Architect William Henry Ssentoogo from Uganda, as its first president. A Non Governmental Organisation, the AUA spearheads the recognition of the architecture profession on the continent as well as African interests at the International Union of Architects.
According to a release, this year’s congress will be held under the theme: ‘Our Architecture, Our Communities, Our Heritage’ and it will seek to explore and emphasize the importance of African heritage in Architectural design and how Architects play a pivotal role in ensuring this linkage.
“Speakers will present papers that investigate the ideologies Africans have lived by for centuries and how they can be applied in Architecture to ensure continuation of the spirit of the African community,” the release indicates and adds: “In addition the Congress will seek to find African solutions to urbanisation and how problems related with urbanisation can be tackled.” In the Urban Thinkers Campus workshops organised in partnership with the World Urban Campaign (WUC), stakeholders will debate and come up with ideas that are expected to influence the next United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III, to take place in Ecuador in 2016.
Held once every three years, the Congress was last held in Luanda, Angola where Chief Omissore Tokunbo was elected president. He will be handing over to a new president to be elected at the General Assembly that will be held on August 7, 2015.