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The AIA is excited to host Working Abroad: Pros, Cons, & Ways Forward at AIA San Francisco on Thursday, July 30 to help you and your firm take advantage of the numerous architectural opportunities in thriving and emerging overseas markets. This international practice workshop will provide you with knowledge of the ins and outs of working in foreign countries. India, Brazil, and the Middle East will serve as case studies for any international work, as they offer a myriad of opportunities to expand your business portfolio.

The July 30 San Francisco workshop will be held from 2:00pm-5:30pm at AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94104.


This training session will assist firms and members by connecting them with members who have done work internationally, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Small Business Administration, and more.

Attendees will learn about business opportunities that are available across the globe (including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Brazil, and India) 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.

Who Should Attend?

    • Architects who are interested in moving their firms abroad

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

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

    • Architects who are interested in Department of Commerce Trade Missions, including the upcoming October mission to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia


Speakers at AIA San Francisco on July 30 will include:

Thomas K. Yee, AIA, Chairman of the Board, Principal, San Francisco, STUDIOS

David Andreini, AIA, Associate Principal, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Matt Baker, MBA, CGBP, Sr. International Trade Specialist, U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service l U.S. Department of Commerce

Stephan Crawford, Director, U.S. Export Assistance Center San Francisco

Jeff Deiss, Export Program Manager, US Small Business Administration

Earn up to 3 LUs!

Cost: $20 AIA Members / $50 Non-Members

For questions and registration please contact Derek Washam, Manager, Federal & International Programs

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