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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.

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.


  • AIA International London Conference (Sept. 29 - Oct. 2)

    AIA International's fall conference, Transformations, will be in London on Sept. 29 - Oct. 3. 

    For an overview of the exciting program and registration, visit www.aiainternational.org

    Registration is open - Early Bird discounts have been extended till Friday 5 August, 23:59 UK time, so book your place today!
  • Shanghai-based architect Jason Holland launches Global Practice Podcast

    Jason Holland, AIA, 2022 Vice Chair of the AIA Global Practice Committee has launched a new podcast focused on global architecture practice with interviews from leading voices working around the globe. 

    Be sure to check it out on Spotify, and make sure to hit the "Follow" button!

  • AIASH x NCARB: Paths to acquiring Architect Licensure

  • Call for Papers: UIA World Congress 2023

    This call for paper invites contributions to the UIA2023CPH World Congress Science Track asking by which means and through what actions can architecture understand, build and fulfill its active role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present at the UIA 2023 Copenhagen World Congress July 2-6, 2023 and accepted papers will be published in the peer-reviewed proceedings published by Springer.

  • Call for Mentors & Mentees - March 10 Deadline

  • International Practice Committee's 2021 in Review

    A letter from 2021 IPCAG Chair Andrew Caruso, AIA & 2022 Global Practice Committee Chair Mark Careaga, AIA

    From global pandemics to climate change, 2021 underscored the importance of remaining committed to – or better, accelerating – AIA’s leadership and engagement in a global context. This is particularly true given rapid growth in AIA’s global membership and the expanding prominence of cross-border practice. For over 100 years, AIA’s Global Practice Committee (in various iterations) has helped shape and support AIA’s global engagement, and the committee reflects on further successes this year.

    Despite the continuing COVID-19 pandemic -- and the cancellation of an in-person A’21, related bi-lateral events, and the annual in-person committee meeting – GPC committee members continued to grow member value in 2021. We remain grateful for their service, flexibility, and commitment to the AIA and its members, particularly in these challenging times.

    Following the outcomes of the three-year strategic plan and Global Strategic Task Force recommendations, the GPC used 2021 to explore a range of new ideas, products and initiatives that align and advance the five pillars of its charge. In merely 10 hours of Zoom calls (plus some individual homework on the side), the group has set out an ambitious portfolio of projects for continued development in the years ahead. We report on these further below.

     As 2021 draws to a close, we extend our gratitude to those who are concluding their current roles with the GPC:

    To Elizabeth Chiu Richter, FAIA for her sage input and continued engagement as Past Chair;

    To Mark Careaga, AIA, for his contributions throughout the 2019-2021 term, and for agreeing to lead us forward as the 2022 Chair;

    To Milton Garavito, AIA, for consistently delivering inspiring ideas and persistent commitment to their ongoing development;

    To Greg Yager, FAIA, for his invaluable institutional knowledge and connection to the Strategic Council;

    To Thierry Paret, FAIA, for championing the voice of AIA’s international members;

    And to our continuing committee members and staff liaisons, Derek Washam and Paula Seidel, who continue to tirelessly advance AIA’s global membership and engagement.


    Reframing the IPCAG as the Global Practice Committee (GPC)

    Reflecting AIA’s evolving role within the context of global practice, the committee worked with AIA leadership to retire the International Practice Committee Advisory Group (IPCAG) name, instead using Global Practice Committee (GPC) going forward. This change aligns with a more inclusive and contemporary vocabulary, reflects the positive global growth of the AIA and its membership community, and compliments AIA resources and policy documents on global issues. It represents an important maturation of the committee’s 100+ years of service to the AIA. 

    Committee Growth and Diversity

    Aligned with the growth and importance of AIA’s international membership, and seeking to contribute to AIA’s diversity initiatives, GPC broadened our membership in 2021 with an additional committee appointment. The group continues to recruit globally-practicing members with an eye toward balancing points of view across the following dimensions:

    • Race & Gender
    • Geography
    • Practice size and type
    • AIA Membership Level

    Despite having only 11 committee members, we are privileged to draw upon the perspectives of many traditionally underrepresented communities in our profession, including black, latinX, female, and LGBTQIA+ colleagues. Our members’ geographies stretch from Shanghai to London; their AIA involvement from the Associate level to Fellowship; and practice profiles from sole practitioners to multi-national corporations. We revel in the GPC being a torchbearer for AIA’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging efforts, reflecting the breadth of an ever growing multi-cultural membership.

    For 2022 and beyond, GPC is particularly focused on expanding our gender diversity and we are continuing targeted recruitment efforts in this regard.

    Bringing Global Practice Knowledge to Members

    GPC member Jason Holland had his proposal for a session at A’22 on “Building A Design Business Abroad” accepted and will draw upon GPC resources and content to shape the session. This session joins a long history of GPC-created Conference on Architecture content focused on Global Practice.

    Regional Strategy Framework Development

    With thanks to Milton Garavito, Assoc. AIA for his leadership

    In 2021, the GPC developed a draft regional strategy framework with the following goals:

    • Track and coordinate regional activities, needs and opportunities
    • Strategically prioritize resources across the global portfolio
    • Deepen AIA institutional knowledge on its historic and future global engagement activities
    • Brief rising volunteer leadership on global legacy and future strategy.

    The committee successfully developed a template for the regional strategy framework, as well as completed economic and membership-based analysis to identify four “priority/pilot-project” regions.

    Next Steps:  GPC members will begin populating the framework for four pilot regions. 

    Component Committee Communication (C3) Strategy
    With thanks to Mark Careaga, AIA and Pat Bosch, Assoc. AIA for their leadership

    The GPC has begun a targeted outreach program to USA-based AIA components that maintain a standing global practice sub-committee. GPC envisions using this network to enhance member value by sharing AIA global practice tools and resources, recruiting volunteers to collaborate on GPC initiatives, and to diversify the pipeline of committee nominations, among other goals.

    We have enjoyed strong, positive response so far from the components we reached out to, with the Boston Society of Architects’ Global Practice Network and AIA Seattle’s Seattle International Architecture Forum expressing definite interest.  Targeted relationship building is underway with AIA San Francisco, AIA Chicago, and AIA New York. The GPC enthusiastically welcomes components with a global practice working group (or related interest) to reach out for further details.

    Next steps: establish regular dialog between components and the GPC; invite component volunteers to collaborate on GPC initiatives, working groups, global practice seminars, etc.

    Developing the Next Generation of Global Practitioners

    With thanks to Jason Holland, AIA for his leadership

    The committee has been developing opportunities to mentor and support emerging architects who come from (and/or are interested in) careers in global practice. In 2021, the first “Global Practice Conversation” podcast was recorded and is currently in production for release. This resource will test a model for connecting early architects and designers with the insights of some of AIA’s most experienced global practitioners. AIA Shanghai’s mentoring program and the AIA Fellows mentoring program are among the complimentary initiatives that have been involved in the development of this new GPC project.

    Next steps: Ambition to debut initial podcast in 2022 Q1 and collect feedback. 5-6 next episodes are in conceptual development. Use the podcast to capture and promote voices of our bi-lateral partners, AIA Fellows, etc.

    International Project Partner Network

    With thanks to James Wright, FAIA for his leadership

    The committee has been exploring the development of an online resource to assist firms in connecting with project partners across national boundaries (local architects-of-record, in the first instance; broader multi-disciplinary project partners in the longer-term). An initial prospectus has been drafted and discussed with a web consultant.

    Next Steps: Explore various funding strategies to further develop, test, and refine concept/beta version.

    Global Practice Primer 2.0 – Online Multi-national Learning Program

    With thanks to Milton Garavito, Assoc. AIA for his leadership

    Building on the success of the AIA Global Practice Primer (launched in 2017-2018 to help US architects understand how to practice abroad), the committee will use 2022 to explore supplementing this online resource with a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) focused on helping international project partners understand how to team effectively with US-based architects in their local context.

    In addition, the committee is interested in bringing new content to the GPP focused on cross-cultural literacy in an increasingly global/multi-cultural practice context.

    Next Steps: An initial outline for the course has been drafted and will undergo further refinement and alignment with existing content of the AIA Global Practice Primer. The committee has confirmed GPC alumni involved in developing the original GPP will contribute toward this effort through a FY22 working group.

    Important Guideposts for the Future

    • The GPC’s primary focus for 2021 was to kick-start the implementation of previous strategic plan ambitions through the key initiatives described above. Unfortunately, COVID restrictions, cancelled events/travel, and the turnover of federal government disrupted some of the more traditional national and international dialogues and partnerships the GPC typically stewards. Nevertheless, the committee reaffirms the importance of and commitment to the following initiatives in the year(s) ahead: Stronger collaboration and engagement on substantive global practice policy issues, including AIA’s involvement with Climate Change/COP, and bi-lateral mutual recognition advocacy
    • Enhance our relationship building with external organizations, perhaps leveraging GPC alumni to liaise with major institutions (WTO, UN, World Bank, etc.)
    • Perform a comprehensive review of international partners
    • Stronger collaboration with Government Advocacy team

    In addition, the group’s ideas and enthusiasm exceeded current volunteer capacity (a good problem to have!). We identify the following future projects as worth of exploration in coming years:

    • Business Case for international continuing education programs, including multi-lingual offerings and delivery models
    • Ambassador program at Conference on Architecture to mobilize GPC “alumni” as one-to-one ambassadors for international delegates attending conference for the first time.

    A View Toward 2022

    In the coming year, we will build on the successes of 2021, organized around the theme of “Connections.” The Global Practice Committee has much to offer AIA members and the broader global design community, and further development and roll-out of our current initiatives will help communicate the value we bring. Similarly, there are significant discussions about global practice happening within AIA chapters and components. By establishing a robust national network of global practitioners, GPC can tap into a deep well of talent and thought leadership, both increasing awareness of our work as well as strengthening the pipeline for our committee’s membership. GPC will thus serve as a conduit between the AIA and its components in a way that is both productive and mutually beneficial.

    Another opportunity for communicating the Global Practice Committee’s value is improved online visibility, and the various avenues for content development and delivery initiated in 2021 will provide the basis for a more clearly navigable presence on AIA.org. A new landing page for GPC would be the place to find the Global Practice Primer, the Global Practice Conversations podcast series, the International Project Partner Network, and other resources.

    Last but not least, we should continue to communicate the importance of global architectural practice, not only in terms of the value that US practitioners can bring to overseas clients and projects in terms of expertise – whether design, technical, or programmatic – but also in terms of how global practice can strengthen and enhance the work we do here in the US. Successful global practitioners are curious, inquisitive, and culturally literate – qualities and skills honed by practicing in unfamiliar settings and finding that “tried and true” is sometimes neither. Members of the GPC are uniquely qualified to craft and hone a message about the value and relevance of global practice to AIA members, and we will make space for that effort in 2022. 

    2021 International Practice Committee Advisory Group Members:

    Andrew Caruso, AIA, 2021 Chair

    Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, Past Chair

    Mark Careaga, AIA, 2022 Chair

    Milton Garavito, Assoc. AIA

    Jason Holland, AIA

    Chris Musangi, AIA

    Pat Bosch, Assoc. AIA

    Sam Oboh, FAIA, FRAIC

    Member Liaisons:

    James Wright, FAIA, Co-Director, UIA Professional Practice Commission

    Greg Yager, FAIA, International Representative to AIA Strategic Council

    Thierry Paret, FAIA, Past President, International Region



    Paula Douglas Seidel, Sr. Director, Industry & International Relations

    Derek Washam, Director, International Relations



  • Palladio Webinar Series (January – April 2022)

    Inaugural Webinar Series: January – April 2022

    RIBA, in association with the Centro Andrea Palladio in Vicenza, Italy, recently announced
    Palladio: A Complete Catalogue of Drawings in British Collections — the first “systematic
    reassessment of every Palladio drawing now in British Collections” offering new
    perspectives on the enormously influential 16th Century Renaissance Architect, Andrea
    Palladio (1508-1580) and “unrivaled access to the drawings for a new generation of
    international scholars, students, architects and the wider public”.

    In celebration of this announcement and to draw attention to the wide array of current and
    ongoing research into Palladio’s work as recorded in these comprehensive archives, our
    inaugural webinar series will launch in early 2022 with four lectures.
    The lectures begin with renowned scholar Guido Beltramini’s introduction to this
    uncommon collection, which includes not only an array of polished presentation drawings, but also early sketches with corrections and notations offering scholars special insight into Palladio’s thought process. The series continues with presentations of Palladio’s influence in Britain and America, both historically and today, closing with a lecture by renowned architect Peter Eisenman, whose fascination with Palladio is documented in his recent book, Palladio Virtuel.

    Thursday, January 6th, 2022

    9 AM PST/12 PM EST/5 PM GMT

    Part 1 – Andrea Palladio: Still the Eternal Contemporary?

    Speaker: Dr. Guido Beltramini, Director, CISA Palladio, Vicenza

    Interlocutor: Charles Hind, Chief Curator, British Architectural Library

    Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

    9 AM PST/12 PM EST/5 PM GMT

    Part 2 – Palladianism in Britain & Ireland

    Speaker: Dr. Steven P. Brindle, Architectural Historian and Author

    Interlocutor: Dr. Gordon Higgott FSA, Architectural Historian

    Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

    9 AM PST/12 PM EST/5 PM GMT

    Part 3 – American Palladianism

    Speaker: Calder Loth, Architectural Historian and Member of the Council of Advisors for the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art

    Thursday, April 7th, 2022

    9 AM PST/12 PM EST/5 PM GMT

    Part 4 – Palladio Inside Out

    Speaker: Peter Eisenman, Architect and Author

    Interlocutor: Barry G. Bergdoll, Professor, Art History and Architecture, Columbia University

  • Free Webinar (12/8): Pan American Perspectives: Habitat, Adequate Housing, with Regional Identity

  • IFC Edge Webinar - "Green Building Finance: A Zero Carbon Fuel"

    Below please find an event hosted by IFC Edge Buildings 


    Learn what has sparked a green building revolution in Colombia, and how green finance is encouraging mass-market, and portfolio-level certification worldwide at IFC’s landmark webinar, “Green Building Finance: A Zero Carbon Fuel” on November 2nd 2021 at 9 a.m. EST.

    As forward-looking policies are discussed at COP26, this is an opportunity to understand from a panel of the highest level decision makers, how some policy-makers, banks and developers are already delivering tangible progress towards zero carbon goals in the building sector.   

    Buildings generate almost 40% of energy-related emissions, so as the EU Taxonomy comes into effect, this is an essential webinar for both investors and those who rely on them to help finance their buildings.  

    This webinar panel is organized by IFC to raise awareness of the power of green building finance, with thanks to the UK Government for its generous support. 

    We are honored to have the following speakers to share their experience.

    • H.E. Iván Duque Márquez - President of Colombia
    • Makhtar Diop - Managing Director and Executive Vice President of IFC 
    • Ms. Beh Siew Kim, CEO of The Ascott Residence Trust (ART)
    • Juan Carlos Mora - President of Bancolombia
    • Dana Brown - Vice President of Fannie Mae 
    • Rob Simpson - Director of Sustainability, Ivanhoe Cambridge

    The event will be moderated by Vivek Pathak, Director and Global Head for Climate Business at IFC. 

    Join the EDGE team after 10:00 a.m. for 30 minutes after the panel to learn more about EDGE certification as an affordable certification at whole-portfolio scale. Learn how EDGE streamlines financing compliance and reporting. Understand in detail how industry leaders are beginning to map and track their investment path to net zero carbon using EDGE.

    Register for our upcoming free livestream event:




    We hope you will join us at for this prestigious event, and thank you for your ongoing interest in enabling a zero carbon world and the EDGE certification system.
    The EDGE Team

  • AIA Continental Europe Virtual Fall Conference Nov. 18-20

    What makes our environments purposeful in our ever-shifting world? How do our spaces and practices generate durable and vibrant environments? Where do we go from here?

    Date: November 18-20, 2021

    Time: 12:00 EST/18:00 CET - 17:00 EST/23:00 CET

    Cost: Free of charge, but attendees must register in order to receive credits.

    This past year has demanded rapid changes in social and spatial structures.  We have discovered different ways to live and work, realigned priorities and found new ways to access spaces and cities.  While we should continue to look to our historical successes and celebrate and defend our cities and cultures, the need to pivot and build for new resilience is a priority. 

    The conference will highlight projects whose innovative practices in space, education and technology exemplify resilience.  Resilience is creating strength and durability in our built environments. Architects are the stewards. Their unique skill set, both technical and diverse, allows them to communicate among the various stakeholders and a wide range of disciplines to connect the dots – space, education, technology.  

     Space.   The arrangement of the values and demands of society, culture, the natural environment, and governing bodies on our built environment – the communities, towns, and cities of our landscapes. 

    Education.   What opens our eyes to all possibilities; the venue for research that then filters into all aspects of our lives. 

     Technology.   The tool that unlocks the potential of a project by freeing stakeholders to manage relationships, communication and collaboration, promoting good governance, with stewardship and performance.

    The impulse for good governance and changes is the mechanism with which stakeholders oversee their values and demands to be provided for in the project solution. Building diverse and collaborative teams can respond to unforeseen circumstances. It is the framework for exchange that defines the outcomes and benefits from projects and programs. Bridging territories between our cultural mosaic in Europe and the U.S. promotes global awareness and connectivity.

  • "UIA Year of Design for Health" Logo Competition






    In July 2021, the UIA General Assembly declared 2022 the "UIA Year of Design for Health". This commitment urges all UIA Member Sections to encourage architects and their clients to use evidence-based design to promote health in buildings and cities.

    The UIA will facilitate a series of initiatives to increase awareness of designing for health, including a digital information hub, an international research agenda and support for the creation of resources to help architects around the world conduct research on healthy environments.

    The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of environments in controlling disease, the value of creating safe and healthy spaces for all people and the necessity of using evidence-based research to support design and related policy-making.


    The UIA launches the logo competition for 2022: "UIA Year of Design for Health." The winning logo will be used for the branding and promotion of the UIA's year-long activities.



    • This logo competition is open to everyone.
    • Any individual or team can make one or multiple submissions.
    • A team should not consist of more than 5 members.


    • First Place: 3 000 Euros and certificate
    • Second Place: 1 500 Euros and certificate
    • Honourable Mention (up to 5): certificate



    • Wei Yew (Canada), graphic designer
    • Camille Vantrou (France), Communications and Strategic Planning at Agence Neth Paris
    • Warren Kerr (Australia), former Director of the UIA Public Health Group (2014-2017)



    • 27 September 2021: Competition launched by the UIA
    • 15 November 2021: Submission deadline
    • 15 December 2021: Announcement of the winning designs



    Please submit your submission on the UIA Prize platform.

    Submissions made by email or post will not be accepted.



    See the competition brief here.

    Competitors may direct questions to e.bonin@uia-architectes.org with the subject line “UIA Year of Design for Health Logo Competition”. 

    For more information on the UIA Year of Design for Health, visit the UIA website.


  • Nov 11-14: AIA International Region - 2021 Annual Conference

    AIA International Region - 2021 Annual Conference Dubai - Connecting Design, Creating the Future
    November 11-14, 2021

    Conference is in formation - please check back for further updates.

    Registration is now open! Book early to take advantage of our best rates.

    AIA Middle East and AIA International Region are excited to invite you to our 2021 Annual Conference, to be held in the UAE during the Dubai World Expo on November 11 - 14.

    Expo 2020 Dubai - “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”

    The UAE selected the theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future" with the sub-themes Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity.

    "In today’s highly interconnected world, a renewed vision of progress and development based on shared purpose and commitment is key. While a married human mind, an individual country, or a specific community is both unique and remarkable, it is by working collaboratively that we truly advance."

    Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum


    Inspired by this theme, we expect this to be our greatest conference ever, with colleagues joining us from all 7 International Chapters and across the globe, where the AIA is proudly represented by Country Representatives in more than 20 countries. Mark your calendars now and stay tuned to our social media channels for updates! We will soon release more details of the exciting speakers and tours we are organizing to deliver the stellar Continuing Education learning units we have all grown accustomed to.

    This will be a hybrid conference, with some sessions offered both in-person and online, to accommodate those individuals unable to travel to Dubai.


    Starting with an evening reception on Wednesday 10 November, we will kick things off with great seminars and walking tours from Thursday 11 through Saturday 13 November, where we are sure to celebrate the “greatest show on earth” with you! For those delegates who choose to join us, we are also providing an extra tour of Abu Dhabi on Sunday 14 November, at additional cost, where you can visit the award-winning and iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi by Jean Nouvel and the Sheikh Zayed Mosque.

    View the Program >>>


    • Student - Early Bird Discount - $75.00

    • Student - $100.00

    • 2021 New AIA Member - $100.00

    • AIA Member - Early Bird Discount - $175.00

    • AIA Member - $200.00

    • Non-Member of AIA - Early Bird Discount - $195.00

    • Non-Member of AIA - $225.00.

    We encourage everyone to book by Friday 1 October to take advantage of our Early Bird rates!

    Your In Person ticket gives you:

    • Our full educational program of lectures and tours, offering a total 12 LUs for AIA Members (tbc)

    • Access to Expo 2020 Dubai, including guided tours of pavilions

    • A one-day Dubai city tour, including entry to famous landmarks

    • Transport from designated conference hotels to venues and around Dubai

    • Catering, including the gala dinner.

    Please Note: The Abu Dhabi tour is not included, and will be offered at an additional cost. More news on this soon!

    We offer Plus One tickets, for one guest of a conference ticket holder to join the Dubai tour and/ or the Gala dinner.

    • Plus One - Dubai Tour guest - $25.00

    • Plus One - Gala dinner guest - $60.00.

    We also offer Online access tickets for people unable to travel to Dubai.

    • Online ticket - $50.00

    This ticket gives you online admission to lectures and tours in Dubai, offering a total 12 LUs for AIA Members (tbc). It includes exclusive on-demand access for a limited period after the conference ends.

    We will update you with more conference details as we finalize our speakers, tour locations and venues. There will be designated conference hotels where we will organize AIA preferred rates conveniently located near the conference venue. We are sure you won’t be disappointed, so book your flights soon!

    Updates will also be provided on COVID-19 protocols and travel to the UAE.


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