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Jan 29, 2015
1. RE: Working Abroad Workshop at AIA Miami Derek Matthew Washam
Jan 21, 2015
2. Working Abroad Workshop at AIA Miami Derek Matthew Washam
Jan 07, 2015
3. Registration Open for Society of Architectural... Helena Karabatsos
Jan 02, 2015
4. RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect... Charles A. Graham Jr. AIA
Jan 01, 2015
5. RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect... Patrick M. McKelvey AIA, PQP
Dec 31, 2014
6. RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect... Charles A. Graham Jr. AIA
7. RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect... Jon F. Edelbaum AIA
Dec 30, 2014
8. RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect... Mark D. Careaga AIA
9. RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect... C. William Bevins FAIA
10. RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect... Jeffrey W. Ouellette Assoc. AIA


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RE: Working Abroad Workshop at AIA Miami
From: Derek Matthew Washam
To: International Committee
Posted: Jan 29, 2015 5:11 PM
Subject: RE: Working Abroad Workshop at AIA Miami
Message:
One week left to register! Don't forget to join us at AIA Miami to learn more about international practice. 

Register here: https://ams.aia.org/eWeb/DynamicPage.aspx?webcode=EventInfo&RegPath=EventRegFees&REg_evt_key=067ada96-cc39-4892-8611-a069ac7e3992

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Derek Washam
Manager, Federal & International Programs
The American Institute of Architects
Washington DC
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Working Abroad Workshop at AIA Miami
From: Derek Matthew Washam
To: International Committee
Posted: Jan 21, 2015 10:31 AM
Subject: Working Abroad Workshop at AIA Miami
Message:

WORKING ABROAD: PROS, CONS, & WAYS FORWARD at AIA MIAMI
8:30AM-12PM
THURSDAY, FEB 5

REGISTER HERE

Foreign markets like Qatar, Brazil, and India present lucrative opportunities for U.S. companies offering products and services that help meet rapidly expanding infrastructure, commercial, and housing needs.

 

The U.S. architecture profession is well-positioned to supply the kinds of design services and project management skills needed to successfully tackle major initiatives. Booming economies and a growing middle class across the globe have prompted developers to bring in foreign architects to design many projects, including airports, multi-family residential and commercial buildings, and resorts.

 

This half-day workshop will assist firms and AIA members by connecting them with colleagues who have done work internationally, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Export-Import Bank, Enterprise Florida, and other resources.

 

Attendees will learn about the business opportunities available in international markets using the Gulf states, Brazil, and India as case studies. In addition, the session will review resources provided by the Federal government and how to use them. Attendees will also hear about challenges that can occur in foreign markets, how business practices differ from those in the United States, how to comply with foreign laws, and trade mission opportunities.

REGISTER HERE

For more information and registration, visit www.aia.org/WorkingPCW.

SCHEDULE

Thursday,

February 5, 2015                     

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

 

LOCATION

AIA Miami

100 Northeast 1st Ave., Miami, FL 33132

 

COST

AIA Members: $20

Non-Members: $50

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Attendees can earn up to 3 Learning Units (LUs).

 

QUESTIONS?

derekwasham@aia.org

(202) 626-7595




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Derek Washam
Manager, Federal & International Programs
The American Institute of Architects
Washington DC
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Registration Open for Society of Architectural Historians 2015 An...
From: Helena Karabatsos
To: International Committee
Posted: Jan 07, 2015 11:22 AM
Subject: Registration Open for Society of Architectural Historians 2015 Annual Conference in Chicago
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This message has been cross posted to the following Discussion Forums: International Committee and Historic Resources Committee .
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Registration is now open for the 68th Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH). The architecture conference takes place in Chicago, Illinois, April 15-19, 2015, with the theme Chicago at the Global Crossroads. Over 180 speakers from around the world will present new research on built environment topics from antiquity to the critical present. The deadline for Early Registration is February 15, 2015. Visit sah.org/2015 for more information and to register.

The conference features 36 paper sessions, an introductory address by Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin, a public seminar, architecture tours, roundtables, exhibit area, awards ceremony, and a plenary talk by architectural historian and History Detectives host Gwendolyn Wright.

SAH will celebrate its 75th anniversary during the conference with a birthday party at The Rookery, Daniel Burnham and John Wellborn Root's 1888 landmark that was renovated by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1905. The celebration takes place on April 17 and is co-sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust and the Vernacular Architecture Forum Chicago.

The conference's main public event is the half-day SAH Chicago Seminar, "Magnitudes of Change: Local Sites and Global Concerns in Chicago's Built Environment." Funded in part by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts, the program features a keynote address by Harvard University's Charles Waldheim and two panel discussions that address the history and future of the Chicago River and Lakefront and issues of community and preservation in Chicago neighborhoods.  Alison Fisher, Harold and Margot Schiff Assistant Curator of Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago, will serve as moderator. Panelists include:

  • Carol Ross Barney, Ross Barney Architects
  • Robert Bruegmann, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Martin Felsen, UrbanLab
  • Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects
  • Alaina Harkness, MacArthur Foundation
  • Patricia Saldaña Natke, UrbanWorks
  • Debra Shore, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Over 30 guided tours of Chicago's world-renowned architecture and diverse neighborhoods will also be open to the public. The tours will cover everything from Chicago School skyscrapers and riverfront Mid-Century Modernism to Chicago's public housing and the adaptive re-use of buildings. The neighborhoods of Uptown, Pullman, Pilsen and Chinatown will be explored, along with buildings and homes in Oak Park, River Forest, Riverside and the North Shore. A pre-opening tour of The 606, the groundbreaking urban park being built on the unused Bloomingdale elevated rail line on Chicago's northwest side, will also be offered. Tours-only registration opens to the public on February 16, 2015.

Co-chairing the 2015 conference are SAH 1st Vice President Ken Tadashi Oshima, professor in the Department of Architecture at University of Washington, and Alison Fisher.

The SAH 2015 Annual Conference is sponsored by The Architecture & Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Vernacular Architecture Forum Chicago, and the University of California Press.

About SAH
Founded in 1940, the Society of Architectural Historians is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes and urbanism worldwide. Headquartered at the National Historic Landmark Charnley-Persky House in Chicago, SAH serves a network of local, national and international institutions and individuals who, by vocation or avocation, focus on the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life. SAH promotes meaningful public engagement with the history of the built environment through advocacy efforts, print and online publications, and local, national and international programs. Learn more at sah.org.


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Helena Karabatsos
Media and Communications Editor
Society of Architectural Historians
Chicago IL
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RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect Credentials
From: Charles A. Graham Jr. AIA
To: International Committee
Posted: Jan 02, 2015 5:47 PM
Subject: RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect Credentials
Message:
You missed the point. The point is that NCARB cannot speak or make deals for sovereign state agencies.

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Charles Graham AIA
Architect
O'Neal, Inc.
Greenville SC
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RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect Credentials
From: Patrick M. McKelvey AIA, PQP
To: International Committee
Posted: Jan 01, 2015 11:27 PM
Subject: RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect Credentials
Message:
This entire line of communication has become tedious.

Please all, stop and look at the positive aspects of what has transpired. This is truly a Global economy, and a Global profession. Opportunities abound for Architects across the globe to create great places, and yes that includes the USA. Nothing in what NCARB has agreed to overrides the requirements of each individual State regarding licensing. You meet their requirements, pass their exams, you can become a licensed Architect in that State. NCARB does not license an Architect, individual State Licensing Boards license us to practice in their State.

What has transpired is a more Global attitude towards licensing of Architects. A very positive step forward. Nothing to fear.

RNL has worked in numerous countries across the World. We always partner with local Architects/Engineers. We believe that the prudent approach of an Architect is to partner with a local licensed Architect in the area of the project in order to best understand local codes, local construction techniques, local permitting and approval processes.

Open your minds to a Global profession.

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Patrick McKelvey AIA, PQP
Regional Director
RNL
Los Angeles CA
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RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect Credentials
From: Charles A. Graham Jr. AIA
To: International Committee
Posted: Dec 31, 2014 9:29 PM
Subject: RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect Credentials
Message:
Mr. Ouellette, please read the message from C. Bevins, who reinforces my statement. Also notice that his statements do not agree with the statement that started this thread. The NCARB represents only NCARB. You need to understand that NCARB has no authority here, nor abroad for architectural licensure anywhere in the USA. That is the way the American form of government is set up. All authority that is not specifically assigned to the federal government resides with individual states, independent of each other. Licensure is granted by the individual state, not by the NCARB.

If Mr. Bevins is correct, and his statements surely make sense, then the original poster of this thread owes us all an apology, and needs to reword the statements accordingly.

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Charles Graham AIA
Architect
O'Neal, Inc.
Greenville SC
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RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect Credentials
From: Jon F. Edelbaum AIA
To: International Committee
Posted: Dec 31, 2014 8:06 PM
Subject: RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect Credentials
Message:
O Come, people, do you seriously think that NY or California or half a dozen other jurisdictions I can think of are going to allow someone to just waltz in from elseplaces and set up a practise?  Hell, they don't even let other Americans do it!  And if the newcomer can pass the extra exams and qualifications that the more restrictive states have, well by all means welcome!

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Jon Edelbaum AIA
Sole Proprietor
Jon F. Edelbaum, Architect
Santa Cruz CA
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RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect Credentials
From: Mark D. Careaga AIA
To: International Committee
Posted: Dec 30, 2014 5:34 PM
Subject: RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect Credentials
Message:
Hello everyone,

I am an architect who practices extensively outside the US, and I am the founding chair of the Boston Society of Architects' Global Practice Network. Having navigated the complex waters of overseas practice, I think it is incredibly important for foreign (that is, non-US) architects to understand the complexities of providing professional services in the US. It appears that the NCARB announcement is poorly worded and could be misleading, at least in terms of non-US architects having reciprocity to practice in the US. However, it also appears that the intent of this "agreement" is to pave the way for US architects to provide services in Canada and Mexico, along the lines of NAFTA. I can imagine that US architects would be interested in understanding how to navigate these markets, given the increasingly competitive US market and the role that international markets can play in helping to buffer the effects of a stagnant economy at home. Unfortunately, it seems (to me at least) that this discussion thread has been overly focused on "they can't do that here." As the International Committee of the AIA, I would have expected a broader and more inclusive discussion about how US architects can provide value to clients in Canada and Mexico AND vice-versa.

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Mark Careaga AIA
Associate Principal
Payette Associates, Inc.
Boston MA
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RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect Credentials
From: C. William Bevins FAIA
To: International Committee
Posted: Dec 30, 2014 9:58 AM
Subject: RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect Credentials
Message:
To all of you who have responded to the US, Canada, Mexico agreement press release, I hope I can help clear up a few of your concerns, and perhaps misunderstandings.  I was the 2002 President of NCARB and actively involved in these negotiations for the better part of 6 years.  Some of the credentials required by the 3 organizations are in fact ideas that I developed during those early years.  So much for my credentials.
NCARB can only issue an NCARB certificate, nothing more, nothing less.  From my read of the press release NCARB has reached an agreement with Canada and Mexico that would qualify individuals who meet the agreed upon criteria to hold an NCARB certificate.  With the certificate those individuals can apply for licensure in any US state or jurisdiction, and it is up to the licensing board to determine if their individual laws will allow a license to be issued  - nothing different from what US architects have to do now.  Some licensing boards have it in their laws that the NCARB certificate is all that is required for reciprocity, others had additional requirements in addition to the certificate.
Is this a big deal - yes.  But it does not open the doors to anyone who wants to come to the US, Canada, or Mexico and practice architecture.  I was a strong proponent that someone who was interested in international practice should be an experienced person who understood that there were not only laws that governed our profession, but ethical issues as well.  From what I see of the credentials required I think I am satisfied that the "international architect" meets my criteria.  


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C. Bevins FAIA
Architect
Atraix Group
Charlotte NC
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RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect Credentials
From: Jeffrey W. Ouellette Assoc. AIA
To: International Committee
Posted: Dec 30, 2014 2:11 AM
Subject: RE: US, Canada, and Mexico to Recognize Architect Credentials
Message:

14 wrongs don't make a right.
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Jeffrey Ouellette, Assoc. AIA, IES
BIM & Architect Product Specialist
Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.
Austin, TX
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