UIA 2023

Join us at the Nordic Pavilion at the World Congress of Architects in Copenhagen


This year, the UIA World Congress of Architects takes place in Copenhagen from the 3rd-5th of July, and together with the six Nordic Architect Associations and SUSTAINORDIC, we are hosting the Nordic Pavilion.

The Nordic Pavillion

We, together with the six Nordic Architecture Associations and our programme partner SUSTAINORDIC are proud to invite you to the Nordic Pavillion during UIA 2023.

Here, you can experience unique and insightful talks, panel debates and presentations on the Nordic approach to a regenerative future with a focus on construction.

The pavilion will be a space for inspiration and dialogue about how architecture and construction can be central tools in achieving a more sustainable future featuring key stakeholders from the Nordic architecture and construction sectors.

The programme for the Nordic Pavillion

Monday, 3rd of July 

Theme: onboarding legislation for a regenerative future - encouraging stakeholder involvement in policy making

Tuesday, 4th of July

Theme: place-based development and architecture as a community builder 

  • 9.00 - 10.00 - Regenerative responsible leadership w. international speakers 
    • Moderator: Silvie Le Muzic
  • 12.00 - 12.45 - City architects: regenerative cities for the future?
    • Moderator: Nikolaj Sveistrup

Theme: the unheard voices in architecture and construction policy

  • 13.00 - 14.00 - Collaborate for a regenerative future - hearing all voices 
    • Moderator: Silvie Le Muzic
  • 15.15 - 16.15 - Bringing blue building material to the market 
    • Moderator: Peter Vangsbo

Wednesday, 5th of July

Theme: visions and perspectives  

  • 9.00 - 9.30 - Building in the Wilderness - a Paradox? Design in Nature - Part 1 
    • Moderator: Anna María Bogadóttir 
  • 10.00 - 10.30 - Doing less as a design strategy - is that an option? Design in Nature - Part 2
    • Moderator: Anna María Bogadóttir 
  • 11.00 - 11.30 - Orientation or disorientation? Design in Nature - Part 3
    • Moderator: Anna María Bogadóttir 
  • 12.00 - 13.10 - Visions for the future of Architecture - a dialogue from four perspectives: Political, Organisational, Professional, Educational
    • Moderator: Erlend Seilsjkær
  • 13.30 - 14.00 - New Nordic Network: Design and architecture as tools for the green transition
    • Moderator: Malin Kock Hansen
  • 15.15 - 16.45 - Collaborate for a regenerative future - visions for the needed transformation 
    • Location: C3 plenary, Bella Center
    • Moderators: Nikolaj Sveistrup & Mads Randbøll Wolff 
    • Speakers:
    • Elise Sydendal, Climate activist in the Green Youth Movement and member of the Danish Youth Climate Council
    • Jan Christian Vestre, Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry
    • Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Icelandic Minister of Culture and Business Affairs,
    • Karin Svanborg-Sjövall, Deputy Minister to the Swedish Minister for Culture
    • Lars Autrup, DK
    • Asko Takala, SAFA, FI
    • Ida Heimann Larsen, Nordic Council of Ministers. 

The world’s largest event on sustainable architecture

Copenhagen is appointed UNESCO UIA World Capital of Architecture in 2023, and in addition to the World Congress, the entire city will be a vibrant stage of events celebrating sustainable urban development.

The World Congress aims to make architecture a central tool in achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, so join in when the entire built environment meets to discuss how architecture can contribute to a sustainable future – leaving no one behind.

Time and place:

Date: 2nd-6th July

Place: Bella Centre, Copenhagen

Nordic Pavillion: Hall E UIA23 Congress