UIA OPENS DOORS TO STUDENT PARTICIPATION
By: Dale Munatswa
Architecture students in Durban and around the world were offered a platform to actively participate in this year’s International Union of Architects at the official opening of the congress at the Durban International Convention Centre on Monday.
According to the Minister of Public Works,Thulas Nxesi, the United International Architects is initiated by the South African Institute of Architects and the Department of Public Works. It is held at 3-year intervals and this year marks the first time the congress is hosted in sub-Saharan Africa.
Government officials expressed great honour in being afforded the opportunity to host the UIA 2014 and they pronounced high hopes in the event.
“We are very honoured as a province to be holding this event. May the conference advance humanity all over the world,” said the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal Senzo Mchunu.
Nxesi said, “We need to work together- architects, learner’s, government and private sector to improve people’s living standards.”
The UIA 2014 Durban is set to benefit leaners in the architecture field in deepening their understanding of what architecture is about and how it can be used to improve the lives of ordinary people. Students have also been offered a platform to showcase their projects and works to the rest of the delegates at the ICC.
Yung A Kim, an architecture student from Japan said that the event gave her an opportunity to share ideas with people from other parts of the world and show her ideas internationally.
Caroline Chege, a university architecture student from Kenya described the congress as an interesting and significant platform for learning new concepts used in other countries which she can apply in her home country.
“The congress exceeded my expectations. It’s an eye-opener, I am looking forward to learning new concepts to resolve issues similar to those in my country,” said Chege.
The programme for the UIA is filled with interesting events and sessions for students, taking place until the 7th of August.