The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU), whose patron and founder is HRH the Prince of Wales, is an international educational organization which, by means of education and training in traditional architecture and urbanism and in the traditional construction crafts, encourages professionals to maintain and restore traditional buildings and to build new ones in order to contribute to the creation of beautiful and coherent architectures while improving the quality of life in cities and villages around the world.
INTBAU brings together those who design, manufacture, maintain, study or simply enjoy anything related to construction, architecture and traditional locations. Today the network has over 5.000 members spread throughout the entire world. 33 national chapters have been created so far: Afghanistan, Albania, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Iran, Ireland, Island States, Italy, Malaysia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and USA. Each chapter works in its own territory to develop, to give support or to carry out the dissemination of programmes and initiatives which, thanks to traditional architecture, preserve the different local characters and create better places to live in.
Among its many activities, each year there is an INTBAU World Congress, a forum which gathers professionals of the sector with different perspectives and knowledge who present and discuss about the problems that the built environment faces in the different communities throughout the world. Together with the exchange of knowledge and experiences, the awards ceremony for the Excellence Awards takes place, which acknowledges the most outstanding projects in the four established categories: New Constructions, Urban Design, Community Engagement and Emerging Talents.
Moreover, it annually promotes competitions, conferences, seminars and workshops on drawing, architecture and urbanism in different parts of the world as well as training programmes in crafts in the United Kingdom. In Spain, it calls for the Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture, the Richard H. Driehaus Architecture Competition and the Richard H. Driehaus Building Arts Awards.