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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.


  • Affordable Housing Webinar (Thurs., 9/23): What can architects do to address social inequalities?

    Join us for the third topic of the 2021 Global Architecture Exchanges series: Affordable housing - what can architects do to address social inequalities?

    How can innovative architectural ideas respond to social inequalities (housing, poverty, health)?

    What are the different ways to deliver housing when it is managed and/or delivered at different levels (council/government authorities, private housing, community-let housing etc.)?

    Look beyond the profession to supply solutions to the lack of infrastructure in some places.

    How to include the management of future crises (be it another pandemic, climate change, or other) in our designs?

    Join us and hear perspectives from architects on how affordable housing is delivered in other countries, through the Global Architecture Exchanges Topic 3 – Affordable housing - what can architects do to address social inequalities?

    Featured speakers:
    Prof. Renato da Gama-Rosa Costa, Rio de Janeiro Pontificia Catholic University; Brazil
    Simon Ha; Partner, Steinberg Hart; USA
    Gerry Cahill FRIAI; Director, CMQ Architecture and Sketch Architects; Ireland
    Lanre Gbolade; Co-Founding Director & Consultant, Gbolade Design Studio (GDS); UK

    Topic 3 Programme (PDF)

    Register for:

    Session 1 - 22 September July, 7am BST. This session includes speakers from the UK, Ireland, China, Japan, Australia

    Session 1 - 23 September, 4pm BST. This session includes speakers from the UK, Ireland, USA, Brazil

    The event will be recorded, and the recording will be available at a later date.

    2021 Global Architecture Exchanges: People, Planet, Profession

    Through a series of fast-paced presentations, we are exploring four topics, delivered via eight sessions between June and November 2021. Find out how challenges are dealt with in different parts of the world.

    Upcoming event:

    • Topic 4 – The impacts of COVID-19 on the way we practice architecture – 17 and 18 November 2021

    These events are jointly hosted by the Royal Institute of British Architects; the American Institute of Architects; the Architectural Society of China; the Australian Institute of Architects; the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects; 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.

  • 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

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    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.

  • 7/27 Free event: The future of cities – Revitalising/reimagining cities post-COVID

    The Royal Institute of British Architects is organizing a series of events with architects from around the world on important issues in the profession. Tuesday, July 27, Illya Azaroff, FAIA will be participating in a Pecha Kucha type presentation with other architects from the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Brazil, on "The future of cities – Revitalising/reimagining cities post-COVID." The event is free and we hope you will attend! Register using the link below.



  • 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:

  • 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."


  • 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.

    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.
  • 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

  • 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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