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Where to Look Next? Recife, Brazil – Architectural Services Trade Mission Host City

By Derek Washam, Manager, Federal & International Programs

Have you been wondering what unknown markets offer substantial opportunities? Well, the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Department of Commerce are offering you the opportunity to explore a booming one on its first U.S. Architectural Services Trade Mission to Brazil from October 6-10. Recife is the booming capital city of the country’s northeast state of Pernambuco, and offers a wealth of prospects. The city, and its surrounding region, offers the country’s fastest growing population and one of its fastest growing economies.

Over the past two years, Recife and Pernambuco’s growth has been nearly two percent greater than the national average. Growth has largely been spurred by the Suape port complex, which continues to foster opportunities in port, airport, and other transit-oriented design. But Recife’s growth has expanded well beyond shipping and logistics to offer opportunities for healthcare facilities, industrial design for manufacturing plants, lighting design for commercial use, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and urban planning.

The growth in the region is so impressive that the state of Pernambuco is investing $20 billion over the next 10 years to build 14 planned cities. One such city is Cidade da Copa, which is one of Latin America’s first “smart cities” and the center of Recife’s World Cup action. The city will feature residences, businesses, a hotel, a convention center, a university campus, and a 47,000 seat stadium to host the city’s five World Cup matches. The breadth of this project highlights the diverse range of investments the region is making, and the variety of projects that your practice could be involved in.

In addition to Recife, the mission will include a visit to Rio de Janeiro, site of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. In both cities, participants will have market briefings, meetings with government and industry officials, matchmaking meetings, and other opportunities for networking.

Recruitment for this mission will begin immediately and conclude no later than August 9, 2013. Click here for the application. For more information, visit AIA's U.S. Architectural Services Trade Mission to Brazil or its Federal Register listing.

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