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The AIA Announces October Trade Mission to Brazil

By Derek Washam, Manager, Federal & International Programs

The International Trade Administration and the American Institute of Architects are excited to announce the first Architecture Services Trade Mission to Brazil on October 6 to 10, 2013. The purpose of the mission is to introduce U.S. firms to the rapidly growing Brazilian market. With the country entering the global limelight in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, there is exceptional demand for infrastructure projects. The mission will target sectors with high potential for U.S. exporters: master planning including regional design and city planning, and port re-development; hospitals and related health care facilities; airports and other transportation infrastructure; mixed-use projects; and a wide range of education institutions.

The mission will visit Rio de Janeiro and Recife, where participants will have market briefings, meetings with government and industry officials, matchmaking meetings, and other opportunities for networking. These opportunities will afford participants market exposure and access to key decision makers in both the private and public sectors. It will also serve as a chance to meet with Brazilian architecture trade associations, such as ASBEA and CAU. The mission supports President Obama’s National Export Initiative (NEI) and his goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014.

For more information, please refer to the mission statement found here or to Recruitment for this mission will begin immediately and conclude no later than August 9, 2013. For an application or other information, please contact Arica Young, U.S. Commercial Service, at or 202-482-6219. Further questions about the AIA’s involvement in trade missions should be directed to Derek Washam, the AIA’s Manager of Federal & International Programs, at 202-626-7595, email: or Jessica Salmoiraghi, the AIA’s Director of Federal Relations, at 202-626-7398, email:


Rio de Janeiro

    Sunday – October 6

  • Arrive in Rio
  • Evening welcome dinner
  • Overnight stay in Rio

    Monday – October 7

  • Breakfast briefing
  • Briefing by industry experts and government officials
  • Networking lunch with chamber/association
  • Matchmaking meetings
  • Evening reception
  • Overnight stay in Rio


    Tuesday - October 8

  • Site visits in Rio
  • Networking Lunch in Rio
  • Afternoon travel to Recife
  • Overnight stay in Recife


    Wednesday – October 9

  • Meetings with local industry and government officials
  • Networking lunch with local industry representatives
  • Matchmaking meetings
  • Overnight stay in Recife


    Thursday – October 10

  • Site visits
  • Mission officially ends

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