executive board


The Executive Board of the Architects’ Council of Europe consists of 11 members, six of whom are elected and five of whom are nominated on a rotational basis, in accordance with the rotation of the Presidency of the EU. Among the six elected members is the President of the ACE who chairs meetings of the General Assembly and of the Executive Board and who acts independently of all national concerns. All Board Members serve a two-year term.

The Executive Board manages and administers the day-to-day affairs of the ACE and pursues the policies set out by the General Assembly.


Georg PENDL - President

*innsbruck, tirol, graduated dipl.-ing. From university innsbruck

Own office since 1986, pendlarchitects since 2004. Main field of work: social housing, private housing, renovation and reuse, industrial and commercial buildings, workshops, passive house standard. Several winning entries and prices in architectural competitions, publications in several magazines, jury work in national and international competitions. Participated exhibitions in New York, Venice (biennale), Vienna, Innsbruck. Volunteering activities: board member of tyrolean architectural institute (AUT) since 1996, chair of architects in tyrolean chamber 1998-2006, chair of architects in federal chamber of Austria 2000-06 and since 2014, president of the federal chamber of architects and engineers 2006-14, moderator and speaker of the european forum of architectural policy in vienna may 2006 member executive board of ace (architects council of Europe) 2004-5, 2007-8, 2010-11, 2015-

leisure: backcountry skiing, mountain biking, vienna city marathon 2001+02


Fulgencio AVILES INGLES - Treasurer

Born in Cartagena, Spain. Architect title: Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM), Universidad Politécnica, Specialties: Planning and Building. July 24th, 1979. PhD in Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Department of Building Structures (ETSAM). March 21st, 2014. Own practice since 1979, he has developed various types of building: residential, educational, research center, shopping malls and heritage rehabilitation. Awards in Architecture: two first prizes for University buildings in Murcia (Spain). Architecture Regional Prize for Antigones Quarter rehabilitation in the XIV edition, 2007. Prize in the VII edition of Quality Awards in Building, Other Uses, as Designer and Work Director of “Palacio Viuda de Molina ”rehabilitation" , Cartagena (Murcia, Spain), 2017. ASEMAS, Spanish Mutual Insurance Company for Architects, President and member of the Board of Directors : July 7th, 1999 - present. President of GEAAC (Groupement Europeen pour l'Assurance d´Architectes et des Concepteurs) 2011-2017, based in Paris. EUROMA, S.A. Member of the Board of Directors: 2001 - present.

Visiting Professor in Architecture Schools: ETSAM, CEU Madrid, Pompeu Fabra Barcelona, Alicante, Coruña, Málaga, Cartagena….. Professor of Legal Architecture in Escuela de Arquitectura e Ingeniería de Edificación UCAM, Murcia (Spain). He has lectured in Consejo General del Poder Judicial-Consejo Superior de Colegios de Arquitectos meetings and in many conferences on construction damage and professional liability

Dubravko BACIC - Coordinator Area 2: Practice of the Profession

Dubravko BACIC

Dubravko Bačić (Dubrovnik, Croatia) was educated at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Architecture (Dipl.-Ing.Arch.), and Harvard University Graduate School of Design (MDesS). He is a registered architect, currently practicing as a sole practitioner and teaching at the University of Zagreb. In addition to design work, his professional experience includes heritage conservation and consultancy projects. D. Bačić participated in many design workshops, seminars, exhibitions and conferences, and has served as a member of several committees, boards and juries in Croatia. He frequently publishes articles and essays in architectural journals and magazines. In addition to his academic and professional experience, D. Bačić has been active in various professional associations in Croatia, most notably the Croatian Architects' Association and the Croatian Chamber of Architects. Since 2011, he has been on the International Relations Board of the Croatian Chamber of Architects, closely following the ACE activities in Area 1 – Access to the Profession (education, PQD issues, accreditation and validation, registration and licensing and CPD). He has been elected to the ACE Executive Board for the 2014-15 term, in charge of the Schools program.


Paula Huotelin graduated 1984 from Oulu University in Finland. After graduation she worked in architectural practices in Oulu and Helsinki. She was a partner in architectural office Huotelin & Kärkkäinen 1985-2003. In 1995 she started as Competition Secretary responsible for Architectural Competitions in the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA). Since 2007 she has been the Secretary General of SAFA. Her scope of activities in SAFA includes wide range of professional matters: access to the profession, practice of the profession and responsible architecture. Following the European Policy and legislative matters affecting the architectural profession gives a good basis also for ACE activities. She has had commissions of trust as a board member of several foundations as well as member of juries and committees. She has been awarded by grants as well as prizes in  Architectural Competitions. Since 1997 she has been active in ACE starting as a member of WG Architectural Competitions, later a joint WG with Public Procurement. 

She was elected in ACE board 2004-2005 and since 2007 a member of Finance Committee. Paula Huotelin is currently serving her second term in the board, in this period as a Vice-President and Treasurer. Previous roles in ACE includes vice-chair Thematic Area 2.

Philippe KLEIN - Vice-President

Philippe KLEIN, is 1984 graduated ( Architecte DPLG) from the Architecture School of Strasbourg in France. He has a own office since 1990 with a practice in architecture and urban planning . He was working on a variety of projects in both private and public sector: building and renovation of collective housing, detached houses, social housing, hotels and catering, public facilities, service, industry and agriculture. His practise is focusing on environmental initiatives and sustainable development. He was a appointed expert by the Court of Appeal of Colmar. Since 2005 he is lecturer at the Architecture School of the INSA of Strasbourg, and since 2015 at the National Superior Architecture School of Nancy. He was: 2002-2008 President of the Union of Architects of the Bas-Rhin, 2007-2009 President of Union of Architects of Alsace, 2009-2011 President of UNSFA ( Union of French Architects Unions), President 2015-2017 of CIAF ( International Council of French Architects), the french section of UIA. 






Indrek NÄKK

Indrek NÄKK

Eugen PANESCU - Coordinator Area 3: Responsible Architecture

Eugen Pănescu is architect and city planner from Cluj, Romania. In the last 12 years his office Planwerk has worked with Transilvania’s cities and national authorities, contributing to generate city-scale urban regulations, focus areas masterplans, urban development concepts, guidelines, public space strategies and implemented projects for requalification of public spaces, as well as retrofitting historical buildings. In 2012 he acted as consultant to The World Bank for the renewal of the Romanian planning system. In his work, E. Pănescu is looking for connections of architecture and planning to economical and social development, design, culture, public governance and civic action. His ideas concern finding positive answers to urban issues in a cross-cultural cooperation, with focus on public space, urban environment and social awareness. He actively promotes these values by planning media coverage campaigns to reach the great public and performing as guest teacher at the Technical University of Cluj Napoca for the Urban Design Studio. Since 2008 he is active in international professional cooperations as member of the Architects Council of Europe, in the Urban Issues working group. E. Pănescu is member of the ACE Executive Board for 2015-2018.


José Manuel Pedreirinho, graduated from ESBAL, Escola Superior de Belas Artes de Lisboa (1976), and PhD from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Seville, Spain. He has been working in a liberal profession since 1980 and has been teaching since 1985. Since 1979 he has been collaborating with several national and international newspapers and magazines, and author of several books on theory and history of Portuguese Architecture of the 20th Century, namely História do Prémio Valmor (1987), “Dicionário dos Arquitectos Portugueses e activos em Portugal”, (1998), 2nd edition, updated and increased in 2017. Co-author of the Dicionário da História de Lisboa (1994) and of Siza não construído” (2011) in addition to other participations in several publications.

He has been teaching since 1985 at the Escola Superior Artística do Porto, Universidade Lusíada do Porto, and at the Escola Universitária das Artes de Coimbra, where he was Director of the Architecture Department and Director of the School until 2014. Jury in numerous architectural competitions, as well as jury in academic Master's and Doctoral examinations and dissertations theses. In January 2017 was elected president of the Order of Architects of Portugal. Doctorate (Ph. D.) by the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Seville in 2012 with the thesis on 'Intervention Methodologies in the Heritage of Small and Medium-sized Urban Agglomerations'.

Ruth SCHAGEMANN - Coordinator Area 1: Access to the Profession






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