AIA Signs Cooperative Agreement with Africa Union of Architects

Butaro Hospital / MASS Design Group. Image © Iwan Baan

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the  Union of Architects () has signed a cooperative agreement to “share practice tools and resources, creating a framework for American and African architects to work collaboratively in achieving development and infrastructure goals in Africa.” The agreement articulates their mutual interests to advance the “Africa Sustainability Campaign” in spirit of the 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to reinvigorate and formalize the AIA’s relationship with our colleagues in Africa,” said AIA 2015 President, Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA. “We look forward to increased knowledge sharing on topics such as health and resilience which are critical to the sustainable future of our planet.”

Zhengzhou Airport District Urban Planning EXhibition Centre Proposal / AUA

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Constituting the northern portion of the planned ‘Future Square’ in the rapidly developing Airport District of , , Atelier of Urban Architecture (AUA)‘s design is an iconic addition to the area. The proposed urban planning exhibition centre and associated landscape consists of various programs that are organized on the folding floor slabs, bringing visitors around the centre piece of the exhibition – the physical model, which itself is positioned within a sunken space on ground level. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Zhengdong New District Office Building Proposal / AUA

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Located in ’s rapidly developing Zhengdong New District, the proposed office tower by AUA (Atelier of Urban Architecture) is an iconic building that sets a precedent for the area. Derived from a series of indexical and analytical drawings, the design is a direct response to the existing site geometry. More images and architects’ description after the break.