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Apr 11, 2014
1. Design-Build Opportunity in Trinidad & Tobago Derek Washam
2. International Practice Workshop in Atlanta May 15 Derek Washam
Apr 02, 2014
3. Going International - Pre-Convention Full-Day Workshop James Atkins, FAIA
4. Last Minute Olympic Bid Pre-Registration Derek Washam
Mar 05, 2014
5. RE:Practice in Shanghai - Sequential Tendering Mr. Geok Ser Lee, Intl. Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Mar 03, 2014
6. Practice in Shanghai - Sequential Tendering Suzette Lam
Feb 07, 2014
7. International Practice Training in Salt Lake City 2/21 Derek Washam
8. Ethiopia Airport Expansion Tender, Feasibility... Derek Washam
Jan 28, 2014
9. 2014 CAE Spring Conference: The Value of Design... Theresa Palma
Jan 23, 2014
10. Apply for March Trade Mission to Australia Derek Washam


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Design-Build Opportunity in Trinidad & Tobago
From: Derek Washam
To: International Committee
Posted: Apr 11, 2014 4:42 PM
Subject: Design-Build Opportunity in Trinidad & Tobago
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Attached is a recently published Requests for Proposals from the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (Udecott).  Please note that interested companies should contact UDECOTT directly for wire transfer information.


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Derek Washam
Manager, Federal & International Programs
The American Institute of Architects
Washington DC
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International Practice Workshop in Atlanta May 15
From: Derek Washam
To: International Committee
Posted: Apr 11, 2014 4:39 PM
Subject: International Practice Workshop in Atlanta May 15
Message:

A few weeks ago we announced the Working - Pros, Cons, & Ways Forward morning training. I want to remind you not to miss out on this event from the AIA and the AIA Atlanta that will help you learn how to seize the numerous architectural opportunities in thriving and emerging overseas markets!

This event will provide you with extensive background on working in foreign countries and what resources are available to help you succeed.
India, Brazil, and the Gulf states will serve as catalysts for discussion, as they offer a myriad of opportunities to expand your business portfolio and provide interesting lessons that are applicable to all international work, whether it is in Asia, Africa, Europe, or Latin America. Speakers will include local architects and representatives of the U.S. Commercial Service, the Small Business Administration, and the Export-Import Bank. The event will be hosted in the Logan Room at the Woodruff Volunteer Center, 100 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303.

But why should you attend?

1. This training session will provided knowledge of what it is like to start to expand your practice abroad from fellow architects.

2. It is an opportunity to learn about resources the U.S. government provides to help you be successful. Expanding abroad can be extremely rewarding, but it also comes with a number of risks. By attending, you can learn of a number of ways you can help insure your success.

3. Foreign markets can be tricky. Trying to navigate foreign regulatory and legal systems can be overwhelming and discouraging. This training session will help you prepare for some of the challenges you will face.

REGISTER NOW!

We hope that you will take advantage of this exciting opportunity to explore expanding your practice abroad. For more information, visit www.aia.org/workingpcw.


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Derek Washam
Manager, Federal & International Programs
The American Institute of Architects
Washington DC
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Going International - Pre-Convention Full-Day Workshop
From: James Atkins, FAIA
To: International Committee
Posted: Apr 02, 2014 10:16 PM
Subject: Going International - Pre-Convention Full-Day Workshop
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This message has been cross posted to the following Discussion Forums: Practice Management Member Conversations and International Committee .
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The International Practice Committee is hosting an all-day pre-convention workshop, When Change Means Going International. It is a great opportunity for members to learn about international practice or improve current global market initiatives while achieving 7.5 LU's. The attached flyers provide a description and enrollment assistance. For more information contact Theresa Palma, Director, International Relations, at 202-626-7572, or theresapalma@aia.org


 
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James Atkins FAIA
Atkins Consulting
Dallas TX 
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Last Minute Olympic Bid Pre-Registration
From: Derek Washam
To: International Committee
Posted: Apr 02, 2014 3:18 PM
Subject: Last Minute Olympic Bid Pre-Registration
Message:
All,

The US Commercial Service has passed along information for pre-registration for an architecture service big for the Rio Olympics. The bid has not been announced so the scope of the project remains unknown. Pre-registration is due by 11PM BRT/10PM ET today (APRIL 2)

Register here: http://www.me.com.br/registro.asp?_origemID=116&Dest=/do/ExpressionOfInterest.mvc/SOURCINGFLOW/135398

Or check the status here: http://portaldesuprimentos.rio2016.com/en/status-of-the-bids/

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Derek Washam
Manager, Federal & International Programs
The American Institute of Architects
Washington DC
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RE:Practice in Shanghai - Sequential Tendering
From: Mr. Geok Ser Lee, Intl. Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
To: International Committee
Posted: Mar 05, 2014 12:40 PM
Subject: RE:Practice in Shanghai - Sequential Tendering
Message:

I have worked on projects in Shanghai, Beijing, Xiamen, Shenyang and Chongqing.

In general, the Authorities in China primarily deal with the owner's project company instead of the architect, be it local design institute or foreign architect. For permitting purposes, like all other countries, you need the local design institute's stamp on the drawing as the architect of record. Other than permit drawings, bid set is also reviewed by a statutory body called 招标办 prior to bid. The bid process in China context as far as I know is undertaken by the owner's project company.

Foreign architect can be the design consultant for the project for the entire project cycle but the scope of service is very much between the owner and their foreign architect. Cost is the issue not regulation. A typical arrangement is to for the foreign firm to take the lead from concept to design development (DD) stage and for the local design institute to take the lead from construction documentation to close-out. Some even stop their involvement at DD stage. The danger of doing so is- compromises tend to take place after DD that prevent if not completely destroy the original design intent from being carried through to completion. So if possible, it is advisable to have continued involvement through to completion. It could be in the form of construction document review at 30%, 60%, 90%, review of selected shop drawings and bi-weekly or monthly site visit just to ensure the design intent is maintained. I have done projects where we did even construction documentation and monthly site visit and full shop drawing review but it takes a very enlightened client to understand the value of such service and is prepared to pay for it.

I am not sure what exactly do you mean by sequential tendering. What I do know is sub-sub-contracting is banned. ie A sub-contractor who had won a nominated sub-contract cannot further sub-contract the work out to someone else thereby making them mere middle men. I would imagine a consultancy firm who had won a design project probably is also banned from sub-contract the work to other consultancy. is that what you are referring to?

The above is the typical situation in the traditional design-bid-build process. Design & build is another matter altogether and I am not sure it is that prevalent in China. As I have not done one in China, I will leave it to others who have done it to comment.

Hope the above helps.

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Geok Ser Lee Intl. Assoc. AIA
Owner
GSLA
Irvine CA
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Practice in Shanghai - Sequential Tendering
From: Suzette Lam
To: International Committee
Posted: Mar 03, 2014 3:59 PM
Subject: Practice in Shanghai - Sequential Tendering
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This message has been cross posted to the following Discussion Forums: International Committee and Young Architects Forum .
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Hi all,

I'd like to know if anyone has the experience in doing design projects in Shanghai. I'm curious: Is sequential tendering allowed in the construction industry in Shanghai? I have heard the Chinese law prohibits a project to be subdivided into separate bid-build 'packages'. But after the Olympics and the Expo and so many foreign architects built in Shanghai and Beijing, and Gensler is building a big tower along Pudong as we speak, could someone educate me on this? How'd a project be carried through there?

Much appreciated.

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International Practice Training in Salt Lake City 2/21
From: Derek Washam
To: International Committee
Posted: Feb 07, 2014 3:04 PM
Subject: International Practice Training in Salt Lake City 2/21
Message:

The AIA and AIA Utah are hosting an afternoon training session on February 21, 2014 to help you and your firm take advantage of the numerous architectural opportunities in thriving and emerging overseas markets. Working Abroad - Pros, Cons, & Ways Forward will provide you with first-hand knowledge of the ins and outs of working in foreign countries. India offers a myriad of opportunities to expand your business portfolio, and it serves as a good case study for any international work. The event will be hosted from 1pm-3pm at the Utah State Capitol in the Spruce Room of East Senate Building, 350 North State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84114.

This training session will assist firms and members by connecting them with members who have done work internationally, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and other federal government agencies.

Attendees will learn about business opportunities that are available in India and other international markets, resources provided by the Federal government, and how to best use those resources. Problems that can occur while working abroad, how business practices differ from the United States, and how to comply with foreign laws will also be topics of discussion.

Prior to the Working Abroad - Pros, Cons, and Ways Forward panel, AIA Utah will be hosting their 2014 Utah Legislative Day.

Speakers include:

    • Michael Lee, President, MLD Worldwide / Experience Industries

    • David Fiscus, Director, U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service's Utah U.S. Export Assistance Center

    • Terri Batch, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service in West Los Angeles, California

REGISTER NOW!

Who Should Attend?

    • Firms who are interested in moving their firms abroad

    • Firms who have worked abroad and are looking for insights into other countries

    • Firms who are working on large infrastructure projects and want to find out more about U.S. Government funding opportunities

REGISTER NOW!

More information is available at www.aia.org/workingpcw. For questions, please contact Derek Washam, Manager, Federal & International Programs



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Derek Washam
Manager, Federal & International Programs
AIA Government Advocacy
Washington DC
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Ethiopia Airport Expansion Tender, Feasibility Study & Master Pla...
From: Derek Washam
To: International Committee
Posted: Feb 07, 2014 2:58 PM
Subject: Ethiopia Airport Expansion Tender, Feasibility Study & Master Plan
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Attached is a tender with multiple components: an airport expansion and a site selection feasibility study and master plan preparation for a new airport within 100 kms of Addis Ababa. 

Person of Contact:

Cheryl Monticello
Commercial Officer
Embassy of the United States
PO Box 1014
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
+251 (0) 11 130-6588


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Derek Washam
Manager, Federal & International Programs
AIA Government Advocacy
Washington DC
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2014 CAE Spring Conference: The Value of Design in Education: Enh...
From: Theresa Palma
To: International Committee
Posted: Jan 28, 2014 5:18 PM
Subject: 2014 CAE Spring Conference: The Value of Design in Education: Enhancing Learning Through Design
Message:

2014 CAE Spring Conference
The Value of Design in Education: Enhancing Learning Through Design
April 27 - 30, 2014, Barcelona, Spain


The CAE Spring conference will take place in Barcelona, Spain, from April 27 through 30th. Our 2014 theme - the Value of Design - finds ample expression in Barcelona where design and designers are celebrated. Whereas last year's amazing conference in San Francisco focused on design thinking and technology, the 2014 conference will underscore the influence of culture, art, and history on the design of places for learning. Why Barcelona? The post Franco era in Spain allowed the re-emergence of regionalism, and Catalonia, of which Barcelona is the heart, responded enthusiastically. With a robust economy by southern European standards, Mediterranean coastline, and rich architectural heritage, Barcelona is a thriving city with a unique design sensibility. One focus of the Catalonian emergence is the education of their children, as they embarked on an ambitious program of creating learning environments to provide that for that education. They utilized design competitions to select Architects, resulting in a large number of innovative and creative learning environments. The CAE 2014 Conference will provide as broad a sampling of these stunning buildings as possible, as well as glimpsing a couple of well known architectural gems.
 Don't miss it!

For more information, visit the CAE KnowledgeNet page

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Theresa Fulginiti
Director, International Relations
The American Institute of Architects
Washington DC
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Apply for March Trade Mission to Australia
From: Derek Washam
To: International Committee
Posted: Jan 23, 2014 3:39 PM
Subject: Apply for March Trade Mission to Australia
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The Australian Trade Commission is hosting a group of infrastructure industry executives to Australia in March, 2014.  This is an opportunity to gain insight into opportunities and how to do business in Australia and meet with Australian Government officials and Industry executives.

In addition the Australian Trade Commission will arrange one-on-one meetings for each of the participants.  

See attached invitation for more information


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Derek Washam
Manager, Federal & International Programs
AIA Government Advocacy
Washington DC
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