KYOTO( 14th )

Architect-ing What?

Rethinking the Foundations of Human Existence

First Announcement

The Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ), in collaboration with the Architectural Institute of Korea (AIK) and the Architectural Society of China (ASC), is currently making preparations for the 14th International Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia (ISAIA).

The symposium is scheduled to be held in Kyoto from September 10 to 12, 2024, under the theme "Architect-ing What?: Rethinking the Foundations of Human Existence."

With a history spanning 1200 years, the ancient city of Kyoto has experienced and regenerated through various crises such as pandemics, natural disasters, wars, shifts in political systems and industrial structures, from its founding to the present day. On each occasion, the fundamental basis of human existence and the conditions of the built environment have been practically questioned.

In the 21st century, we are once again approaching a critical stage where we must fundamentally reconsider architecture. Amidst circumstances like economic globalization, frequent disasters, global warming and environmental crisis, as well as pandemics and wars, architecture cannot be merely about constructing buildings. What exactly should we be architecting?

So now, to everyone in Asia and around the world, let's gather in Kyoto, a city of crisis and rebirth, and exchange our diverse insights and perspectives as we reexamine the foundations of architecture!


Architectural Institute of Japan (Host)
Architectural Institute of Korea
Architectural Society of China


September 10th (Tue.) to 13th (Fri.), 2024


Kyoto, Japan



Registration fees:

General 40,000yen , Students 20,000yen
Registration fee includes 14th ISAIA proceedings, welcome party, lunch on 11 and 12 September, and farewell party.

Excursion fee:



September 10th (Tue.)
- Afernoon:Registration
- Evening:Welcome Party

September 11th (Wed.)
- Morning:Opening Ceremony, Keynote Sessions
- Afternoon:Academic Sessions, Theme Sessions

September 12th (Thu.)
- All day:Academic Sessions, Theme Sessions
- Evening:Farewell Party

September 13th (Fri.)
- All day:Excursion (TBD)

Design Studio:

International Design Studio [PDF]
* 2024/05/07 Updates

ISAIA in Chronology

The International Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia (ISAIA), a biennial international symposium co-sponsored by AIJ, AIK, and ASC, welcomes professors, architects, building engineers, researchers, and students to participate in the conference. It was established in 1986 to promote communication among individuals in the rest of Asia and to collaborate on the development of 21st-century Asian architecture and culture.

  • 1st ISAIA
    Sep. 6-12, 1986 Fukuoka, Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan
  • 2nd ISAIA “Asian Architecture in the 21st Century”
    Sep. 8-10, 1998 Kobe, Japan
  • 3rd ISAIA “Challenges and Roles of Asian Architecture for the New Millennium”
    Feb. 23-25, 2000 Jeju, Korea
  • 4th ISAIA “Resource Architecture and Modern Technology”
    Sep. 17-19, 2002 Chongqing, China
  • 5th ISAIA “Global Environment and Diversity of Asian Architecture”
    Jun. 1-4, 2004 Matsue, Japan
  • 6th ISAIA “A+T : Neo-Value in Asian Architecture”
    Oct. 25-28, 2006 Daegu, Korea
  • 7th ISAIA “Urban Renewal and Architecture Creation”
    Oct. 15-17, 2008 Beijing, China
  • 8th ISAIA “Asian ViewOrder and Wisdom for the Future”
    Nov. 9-12, 2010 Kitakyushu, Japan
  • 9th ISAIA “Technological Advancements in Architecture”
    Oct. 22-25, 2012 Gwangju, Korea
  • 10th ISAIA “Cultural Elements in Architectural Advancement”
    Oct. 14-17, 2014 Hangzhou, China
  • 11th ISAIA “Resilience and Diversity: Rethinking Asian Architecture for the Next Generation”
    Sep. 20-23, 2016 Sendai, Japan
  • 12th ISAIA “Confluence of Architecture in the Age of Super Connectivity”
    Oct. 23-26, 2018 Pyeongchang, Korea
  • 13th ISAIA “Sharing Healthy Cities for More People”
    Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2022 On-line, China

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