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Old July 17th, 2009, 02:23 PM
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ARCASIA or ARCHITECTS REGIONAL COUNCIL OF ASIA is an organization of seventeen National Institutes of Architects from the Asian region extending from Pakistan in the West to Philippines in the East, Peoples Republic of China in the North to Indonesia in the South.

The objectives of ARCASIA are:

* To unite National Institutes of Architects on a democratic basis throughout the Asian region, to foster friendly, Intellectual, artistic, educational and scientific ties.

* To foster and maintain professional contacts, mutual cooperation and assistance among Member Institutes.

* To represent architects of the Member Institutes at national and international levels.

* To promote the recognition of the architects role in society.

* To promote the development and education of architects and architectural professional in their service to society and;

* To promote research and technical advancement in the field of the built environment.

The Council of the ARCASIA consists of all the Presidents of the National Institutes. The organization itself serves as an extension for each Member Institute’s regional program and relations. Annual Meetings are held in different Member Institute countries to deliberate and to give collective directions and representation to matters that affect the architectural profession in the Asian region.

Forum 1 took place in the SLIA premises in Colombo, Sri-Lanka on 9-10 October 1982. The theme was "Innovations in Architecture"

Forum 2 took place in the Philippines International Conventions Centre in Manila on 26th October 1984 during ACA-1.
The theme was "Asian Identity".

Forum 3 took place in Kuala Lumpur coinciding with ACA-2 in 1986. The theme was "Design Directions in Asia" with the sub-theme "The State of the Art". There were two theme papers and eleven sub-theme papers presented by representatives from member and observer Institutes. After the 1986 ARCASIA Council, it was decided that the Forum would be held on the alternative years to ACA to enhance the Council meeting in between the Congresses.

Forum 4 took place in a historic palace in Bali in 1987 with the theme "My Architecture".

Forum 5 took place in Bangkok, Thailand, on 21-22 October 1989. The theme was "Food for Thought in Asian Architecture".

Forum 6 took The Fragrant Hill Hotel in the suburb of Beijing, China, was the venue of Forum 6 held on 27-28 September 1991. The theme was "New thought in Housing in the Asian Context".

Forum 7 took place in Hong Kong on 20-24 September 1993. The theme was "The Vanishing Asian City".

Forum 8 took place in Singapore on 27-29 November 1995. The theme was "Asian Cities in Asian Century".

Forum 9 was held in Tokyo, Japan on 22-24 September 1997. The theme was "Architecture of the Future in Asia".

Forum 10 was held in Seoul, Korea, from 15-17 September 1999. The theme was "Technology & Tradition in Architecture".

Forum 11 was held in Singapore September 2000. The Theme was "Man, Architecture, Nature"

Forum 12 was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from December 8-9th, 2003. The theme was "The Transition of Cities and Architecture in Asia"

Forum 13 was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 1-2, December, 2005. The theme was "Simplicity & Complexity".

Forum 14 was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The theme was "Asia Nation -Architecture across Cultures".

Forum 15 is being held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from August 17-August 22, 2009. The theme will be "City and Politics".
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