The Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) marked its 50th Anniversary of its founding in 1965, with an International Conference and a General Assembly in London, hosted by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) from June 15-17 2015. The Golden Jubilee forms part of the popular London Festival of Architecture that runs throughout the month of June.
The theme of the international conference ‘Designing City Resilience’ is significant particularly in the Commonwealth. Urban population of the world has grown rapidly since 1950, from 746 million to 3.9 billion in 2014. The population growth and urbanization are projected to add another 2.5 billion people to the worlds’ cities by 2050, with nearly 90 per cent of this increase centered in Asia and Africa.
The conference attracts international delegates from the Commonwealth and beyond, particularly Africa, Canada, China, India, Malaysia and the Middle East, including city leaders and government heads of department responsible for built environment policy, humanitarian NGO’s together with the private sector. In addition, the audience comprises of senior built environment practitioners including engineers, planners, economists and investment managers.
Several other events organized to mark the Golden Jubilee. A key event is the General Assembly of CAA with all Member Organizations, CAA Student Competition- an international competition open to students from faculties of architecture around the world, RIBA International Education Forum to address the matter of standards in architectural education, ‘Balfron Tower’, an exhibition about an important building by architect Erno Goldfinger which is about to be demolished, & ‘Architecture Open’, an exhibition of RIBA members work giving an opportunity to align the theme of this exhibition with the conference and network with commonwealth practices.
To commemorate the Golden Jubilee, CAA is also publishing a commemorative book – ARCHITECTURE IN THE COMMONWEALTH. The book will contain articles on the CAA and its’ achievements as well as member profiles, and will be a collector’s item with useful source of information about the profession and organizations in the Commonwealth.