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AIA International Program

The practice of architecture is global in its reach and industry members seek vital information that is pertinent to foreign markets, trade, procurement and practice issues, as well as the cross-cultural aspects of working abroad.

The International Practice Committee strives to promote excellence in international architectural practice; to serve as a resource to members by disseminating information in international markets, practice and design; to develop expertise in international policy and trade issues in order to advise AIA on international practice; to facilitate and enhance the international practices of the membership; and to foster relationships with architects abroad.


Upcoming Events

  1. VOLAND 2014: International Conference on Volcanic Landscapes

    Thursday, October 16 - Saturday, October 18, 2014
    Santorini island, Greece
  2. World Sustainable Building Conference

    Tuesday, October 28 - Thursday, October 30, 2014
    Barcelona, Spain
  3. GeoBIM Europe 2014

    Wednesday, November 19 - Friday, November 21, 2014
    Amsterdam, Netherlands



Apply Now: Middle East Trade Mission

The American Institute of Architects and the International Trade Administration are hosting a trade mission to Doha, Qatar from November 17-19, 2014, with an optional mission stop in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia November 16-17. The mission will focus on opportunities for U.S. exporters in master planning (city or regional planning, and port redevelopment); hospitals and healthcare architecture; hospitality; airports and other transportation facilities; mixed-use projects; sports and entertainment; and educational facilities. Mission participants will have market briefings with the Commercial Service and industry experts, networking opportunities with local industry experts, business-to-business meetings, site visits, meetings with government officials, and more.

The participation fee for the trade mission to Qatar is $2900 for small or medium-sized enterprises and $3,000 for large. The additional participation fee for the Saudi Arabia optional stop is $2000 for small or medium-sized enterprises and an additional $2600 for large firms.

VOLAND 2014: Call for Papers

The objective of this Conference is to bring together all stakeholders interested in volcanic landscapes including architects, engineers, geo-scientists, tourism professionals, educators, economists and other professionals as well as government and local authorities to discuss the means and agree on the ways to promote and protect the beauty and individual characteristics of volcanic natural resources in the framework of sustainable development.

VOLAND 2014 organizers welcome abstracts for papers and/or posters that cover the conference topics. The presentations should be in English or Greek Language. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction

The Holcim Awards is an international competition that recognizes innovative projects and future-oriented concepts on regional and global levels. A total of USD 2 million in prize money is awarded in each three-year cycle.

The competition seeks projects that demonstrate an ability to stretch conventional notions about sustainable building and also balance environmental, social and economic performance – while also exemplifying architectural excellence and a high degree of transferability.

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    Leapfrog From Disaster Symposium will radically generate and seed distinctive solutions to the challenge of today’s natural hazards

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    Writing in from the International Union of Architects Congress in Durban, South Africa: The first part of this week’s events is educational with keynotes, academic sessions, workshops, and lots of... more

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    It is quite astonishing to be here at the UIA 2014 world Conference in Durban, South Africa. What a privilege to be in the midst of a 4,222 architects from all over the world! Coming... more

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