International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism

INTBAU is a network of individuals and institutions that was created in 2001 and has since hosted 40 chapters and more than 9,000 members in more than 100 countries and regions. We work under the patronage of our founder, the former Prince of Wales.

INTBAU's mission is to support traditional building, maintaining local character and creating better places to live. We do this through workshops, summer schools, study trips, conferences, awards and competitions.


Construction is a major contributor to carbon emissions. Between now and 2060, estimates suggest a global addition of 230 billion square meters in new construction, equivalent to a new city the size of Paris, every week for 40 years.

In addition to this huge demand for buildings, towns and cities, we are at a point of unprecedented awareness about the impact the built environment has on the health of people and the planet. A growing body of research in the fields of urban design, neuroscience, environmental psychology and medicine demonstrates the important link between our built environment and human health.

INTBAU's vision is that every building and place is made consciously, harnessing and developing traditional knowledge and techniques to defend everyone's right to a place to live that is resilient, adaptable, beautiful and supports local identity.


Our network brings together methods, forms, climates and contexts as diverse as, for example, urban extensions of Guatemala City, the great civic buildings of Chicago in Gothic and classical styles, Shingle-style houses in Nova Scotia, reconstructed squares in Dresden and Warsaw , rammed earth villages in southern Morocco, houseboats in southern Iraq, terraced houses in Adelaide and the hutongs of Beijing.

INTBAU's mission is to nurture and expand the global community that designs, builds, maintains, studies and enjoys traditional buildings and places.

We achieve our mission by:
– promoting sustainable ways of construction globally
– re-connecting building, architecture, craftsperson, and architect
– giving an international platform to local design and construction
– encouraging building, architecture, and urbanism that serve the future of the community and the environment by maintaining a balance between nature and society

"It is very encouraging to see the strength of the INTBAU network and its unique ability to bring together such diverse knowledge and experience in the fields of construction, architecture and urban planning."
Speech Delivered at a Reception on February 19, 2023


INTBAU Mexico was founded by Flavio Diaz Miron Rodriguez in January 2023, with the collaboration of Loyzaga Design, with the aim of bringing the initiatives of the INTBAU network closer to Mexico, as well as to Spanish-speaking countries in the Americas.

Facing the globalization of architecture and urbanism, the Mexican chapter is committed to supporting, on the one hand, heritage conservation and restoration activities that safeguard the identity of a community, and on the other hand, the creation of new buildings and traditional places, which offer inhabitants more durable, comfortable, beautiful and harmonious spaces.

The objectives of the INTBAU Mexico network are the following:
– Revalidate classical architecture both academically and professionally in Mexico
– Promote the various building crafts of Mexican master craftsmen
– Communicate the various international initiatives and projects of traditional architecture and urban planning
– Contribute to the realization of urban designs and plans by promoting priority pedestrian spaces, mixed land uses, defined identity and the beautification of spaces.

Chapter governance:

Chair: Flavio Díaz Mirón Rodríguez

Vice Chair: Nadia Samir Rincón

Treasurer: Ale Arturo Lebrija Núñez

Governance Team: Mónica Ishtar Mondragon and Andrea González Guzmán