The main factors that acted as a catalyst for the decision of a Group of Architects and in 1981 and eventually led to the establishment and operation of Cyprus Architects Association in 1981, were the following:
According to the Articles of Association, the Board of Directors consists of sixteen members – Architects, which is also represented by the District Departments of Limassol, Larnaca / Famagusta and Paphos. The Board of Directors is directly elected by Cyprus Architects Association members in the work context of the General Assembly and has a two-year term of office. The Board of Directors is the executive and coordinating body that undertakes the policy to be followed for the implementation of the objectives and the solution of the problems in the Architecture field. Cyprus Architects Association enumerates more than 900 members.
Public Intervention is an essential aspect of the action of Cyprus Architects Association. Its substantiated interventions have helped and largely help to determine State’s political decisions on technical issues. Cyprus Architects Association is present at all issues of concern to the technical world:
are only a sample of issues for which Cyprus Association of Architects has determined important decisions by its interventions and suggestions.
The multi-year efforts of Cyprus Architects Association, in order to create a single “Representative Body of Architects” that will house all the Architects of Cyprus, were accomplished in 2012. The upgrade of the now “single scientific and professional body” as the only partner of the society and the State in the issues concerning architecture and the world of architects, is an important achievement and perhaps the culmination of the 30-year history of Cyprus Architects Association.
Cyprus Architects Association, recognizing the need for education and training of its members, organizes annual seminars, lectures, summer workshops and exhibitions. In the publishing sector, Cyprus Architects Association publishes the scientific journal “ARCHEIO”, but has also made other valuable publications that reflect modern Cypriot architecture.
The action of Cyprus Architects Association does not end at the geographical borders of the island since its goal is to promote the positions and its activity to an international level. Cyprus Architects Association is a member of Architects Council of Europe (ACE) and is actively involved in the work of: International Union of Architects (UIA), Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), Union of Mediterranean of Architects (UMAR). Cyprus Architects Association undertakes every two years the organization of the Architecture Biennale held in Venice and has the responsibility of selecting and representing Cyprus in the European Architecture Competition Mies Van Der Rohe Award.
The course of Cyprus Architects Association so far, clearly outlines its future course around three main axes: