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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 AIA International Practice Committee explores and monitors global practice and policy issues to be addressed by the President and the Board of Directors, and ensures communication among the different international constituencies and stakeholders within the AIA. The 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.

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Earn LUs!  AIAU offers global practice focused content and courses delivered in Spanish:
- Achieving Resilience & Sustainability in Global Mega-Projects
- U.S. Based Codes and Standards in International Design
- Integrated Project Delivery in a Changing World
- AIA Entrepreneur Summit 2015: Global Practice 
- Courses in Spanish / Cursos en Espanol

Or, gain insight into individual country licensure requirements, education, transnational practice, procurement and more on the Architectural Practice Around the World (APAW) database.

Announcements/Opportunities

  • AIA International Region 2021 Spring Conference

    AIA International Region 2021 Spring Conference
    Implementing Change - Sustainability and Resilience in the Built Environment
    April 26, 2021

    Date: Monday, April 26, 2021

    Time: 00:01 - 23:59 pm (Eastern US time)

    Cost: Free of charge for all (including AIA and non-AIA members)


    Architecture contributes to climate change but it is also uniquely placed to help reshape the world in which we live.  How do we transform the built environment’s negative climate impact into a net positive one? The AIA International Region is excited to announce a one-day virtual conference on April 26th on how the profession can move towards a sustainable future.  Join us to explore how architecture can provide solutions to environmental crises, respond proactively to the call for climate action, and help create a net positive built environment for all.

    The format of the conference is a 24-hour, around-the-clock, around-the-world virtual event.  There will be a mixture of talks, building tours, and panel discussions with speakers worldwide.  There will be extended Q&A to maximize audience participation. 

    Attendance is free to all, irrespective of AIA membership.  All sessions will be available on-demand for a week following the conference day. AIA members can receive continuing education credit. 

    Speakers at the forefront of sustainability from various backgrounds, including architects, engineers, consultants and academics, will examine strategies and approaches for implementing meaningful change. Keynotes will include Ed Mazria, FAIA (CEO of Architecture 2030 & AIA 2021 Gold Medalist), and Ken Yeang, Hon FAIA.

    The conference will continue the Women in Architecture series, produced in partnership with the RIBA Sri Lanka. The UIA will also be sharing their sustainability expertise both in practice and in education.

    More information:
    https://www.aiainternational.org/spring-conference-overview


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  • UIA World Congress - Live now thru July!

    UIA has announced updates to the 27th UIA World Congress program, with events online now through July. 

    "The 27th UIA World Congress taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 18-22 July 2021 will begin introducing digital content this month, continuing until the Congress in July. 
    The digital weeks - 22-25 March, 18-21 April, 16-19 May, 20-23 June and 18-22 July will include 12 discussions, three for each of the four thematic axes of the Congress: Diversity & Mixture, Weaknesses & Inequalities, Changes & Emergencies and Transience & Flows. The digital weeks are 100% online, free & global and will invite debate and discussion from experts from around the world."

    https://www.uia2021rio.archi/en/

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  • Architectural Acupuncture: How Design and Innovation Are Saving China’s Villages—and America’s Citie

    How can design and innovation bring life back to an ailing community? It’s a global challenge. Join us as XU Tiantian, one of China’s most innovative architects, presents inspiring projects in Zhejiang’s countryside and shares notes with Joel Mills of the American Institute of Architects about how great design can make a difference.

    In the U.S., urban neighborhoods have suffered as the middle class has moved to the suburbs. But in China, ancient rural villages are crumbling as farmers flock to the new, glistening cities. A rural revitalization movement is beginning to tackle these problems, and architecture is playing a key role.

    This event is co-presented with the American Institute of Architects

    Learning objectives:

    • Participants will explore the comparative dynamics impacting urban development in China and the United States and responses to those impacts
    • Participants will analyze how preservation and placemaking can be used as a tool by leveraging the historic urban fabric of a place for urban regeneration and revitalization efforts that accommodate growth and change
    • Participants will be able to apply the visioning processes and design efforts, and how they can serve as vehicles for incremental urban change over time that is transformative and serves city goals and values
    • Participants will be able to apply the comparative application of various design techniques in diverse urban settings, and their value to successful urbanism.
    Speakers:

    Xu Tiantian is founding principal of DnA_Design and Architecture Beijing Office. She received her master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and her baccalaureate in architecture from Tsinghua University in Beijing. Prior to establishing DnA Beijing, She worked at a number of design firms in the United States and the Netherlands. She has received 2006 WA China Architecture Award and 2008 Young Architects Award from The Architectural League New York.

    Joel Mills is Senior Director of the Center for Communities by Design at the American Institute of Architects. His 26-year career has been focused on strengthening civic capacity, public processes and civic institutions. This work has helped millions of people participate in democratic processes, visioning efforts, and community planning initiatives. In the United States, Joel has provided consultative services to hundreds of communities, leading participatory processes in over 100 communities across 35 states. He was a founding Board Member of the International Association for Public Participation’s United States Chapter. He has spoken at numerous international conferences concerning democratic urbanism and the role of democracy in urban success, including serving as the Co-Convener of the Remaking Cities Congress in 2013. Mills is an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism in London, UK.
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  • Q3 Global Architecture Billings Index Now Available

    Though moderating slightly, declines in international design activity persists in third quarter of 2020

    With growth in project inquiries and encouraging signs for new work coming into firms, prospects appear to be brighter for coming quarters

    Sign up for the Global Architecture Billings Index by contacting the GABI team today economics@aia.org

    Detailed data tables for countries/regions


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  • CALL: XII International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo

    Continuing the practice initiated at the XII International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo, IABsp holds an official contest to select a co-curatorial proposal for the 13th International Biennial of Architecture in São Paulo so that, in a democratic way, it is possible to understand what are the fundamental debates, dialogues and criticisms at this moment.

    The proposal should formulate a curatorial outline for the 13th Biennale based on the central theme – RECONSTRUCTION – and the guiding principles launched by the Organizing Committee. Individuals or groups of any nationality or country of residence may apply, provided that the legal representative of the proposing team is a Brazilian citizen, formally established and domiciled in Brazil.


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  • AIA International Region 2020 Virtual Conference: Catalyzing Change

    AIA International Region 2020 Virtual Conference: Catalyzing Change
    November 17 - 21, 2020
    Online

    Event Description

    Now more than ever, we appear to be at a tipping point, the threshold of which has been spreading across the globe. This year’s conference theme, “Catalyzing Change” seeks to embrace the opportunity presented by the many challenges society is facing in 2020, to identify potential for growth and change. Join us to imagine, debate and celebrate how architecture can be at the forefront of meaningful change that responds to our current crises of climate action, social justice, and health & well-being. 

    This 5-day round-the-clock virtual conference spans the globe to bring you lectures, panel discussions, building tours and more, all underscored by the AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence. Conference sessions are hosted by the 7 IR Chapters in Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, the Middle East, Shanghai, and the United Kingdom, as well as by the IR Country Representatives in  Argentina, Beijing, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taipei, and more!

    Registration is free. Sign up today!




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  • Webinar: Beirut Traditional Houses, an Endangered Heritage

    The AIAS Lebanon chapter is hosting a webinar about tackling endangered heritage after Beirut's blast in August. Following the incident, the heritage areas of Beirut were severely damaged. With the danger of theft, standardization, and lack of funding, the image of the city is at great risk of irrevocable change.  

    Nathalie Chahine, a heritage expert and restorer, an active architect, a lecturer on Architecture and Restoration, and founding member of the Beirut Built Heritage Rescue 2020 (https://www.facebook.com/bbhr2020), will share her insights about ideas on how to save endangered heritage.  

     The lecture is open to the public and will be held on November 6 at 11am EST.  You do need to register before 10am EST on Thursday, November 5.  You can register for the conference by completing the link below:

    https://forms.gle/8VR5JjRG7rzYV28YA


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  • Call for Nominations: International Practice Committee Advisory Group

    AIA is seeking volunteers for national committees, including the International Practice Committee Advisory Group. If you're interested in being a champion of the architecture profession, check out the call for applications.


    Nominations are due Friday, November 6 at 5:00pm EST.

    Submit your nomination(s) here 

    International Practice Committee Advisory Group
    The International Practice Committee explores and monitors global practice and policy issues to be addressed by the President and the Board of Directors, and ensures communication among the different international constituencies and stakeholders within the AIA. The 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. 

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  • Free Virtual Event: Pan American Federation of Architects Associations (FPAA)

    The Pan American Federation of Architects Associations (FPAA) is hosting a virtual Congress from November 3 to 8. FPAA is an institution uniting more than 32 countries and working in 5 geographic regions, developing policies for realities on the ground.

    The event coincides with the celebration of FPAA's Centennial.
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  • GLOBAL ARCHITECTURE EXCHANGES

    Join us for the Global Architecture Exchanges, an online series of talks brought to you by the RIBA and other professional institutes of architects from across the world*.

    Through a series of online Pecha Kucha talks, we will be exploring three topics delivered through four sessions between October and December. Find out how challenges are dealt with in different parts of the world.

    The topics that will be explored:

    Topic 1, sessions 1 and 2: Circular architecture (retrofit): how do other countries respond?

    • 27 October 7am GMT

    Register for Topic 1: Session 1

    Includes speakers from the UK, Ireland, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand

    • 28 October 4pm GMT

    Register for Topic 1: Session 2

    Includes speakers from the UK, Ireland, USA, Brazil

    Save the dates for Topic 2 and 3:

    • Topic 2: The relationships between Architecture and Culture – perspective from across the Globe – 17 November
    • Topic 3: How will design cater for the forgotten generation (the elderly) post-COVID – 10 December

    See the programme for Topic 1

    All events will be recorded and recordings will be available at a later date.

    *These events are jointly hosted by the Royal Institute of British Architects, the American Institute of Architects, the Australian Institute of Architects, the Architectural Society of China, the Council of Architecture and Urbanism in Brazil, the Japan Institute of Architects, the Korean Institute of Architects, the New Zealand Institute of Architects, and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.


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  • Last chance to register! RAIC's "Conversation on Climate Action & Architecture in Canada"

    On  October 4, 2021 —World Architecture Day 2021 — the inaugural RAIC Congress on Architecture will address  Climate Change and Architecture in Canada.  Over the next year, the RAIC will host a series of virtual events leading into the 2021 Congress on Architecture and the development of a  Climate Action Plan.  

     

    Taking Action: A Conversation on Climate Action and Architecture in Canada is the first of a series of events leading into the 2021 Congress on Architecture and the development of a  Climate Action Plan.   It brings together four presenters and introduces the 2021 Congress on Architecture topics: 

    • The Facts / The Context (Facing the Facts)
    • Challenges and Opportunities
    • Towards the Future: Solutions
    • Implementation and Application 

    A discussion and Q&A session will follow the final presentation. 

     

    A certificate of completion for 1.5 hours of live content will be available through the RAIC LMS after the completion of the feedback survey following the event. 

     

    This event will take place on October 5th, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT.

     

    Please note that registration closes on September 30, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

     

    For more information visit https://raic.org/congress2021 


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