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Architecture Services Trade Mission to Brazil

Participants in the first Architectural Services Trade Mission to Brazil received a warm welcome in Rio de Janeiro.

Architecture Services Trade Mission to Brazil

U.S Consul General in Rio de Janeiro John S. Creamer welcomes the trade mission participants.

Architecture Services Trade Mission to Brazil

AIA 2013 President Mickey Jacob, FAIA, provided opening remarks.

Architecture Services Trade Mission to Brazil

Manoel L.S. Gameiro, Chairman of the Board of the Green Building Council Brasil, briefs trade mission participants on sustainable design in Brazil.

Architecture Services Trade Mission to Brazil

AIA 2013 President Mickey Jacob, FAIA, joined President Vicente Giffoni of ASBEA Rio de Janeiro and President Sydnei Menenez of CAU Rio de Janeiro for a discussion on best practices in the U.S. and Brazil.

Architecture Services Trade Mission to Brazil

Participants visited the Porto Maravilha project, which aims to transform an industrial area in Rio into a livable community.

Architecture Services Trade Mission to Brazil

 The Porto Maravilha project in Rio de Janeiro.

Architecture Services Trade Mission to Brazil

Jacob with Deputy Director, Professor and Architect Maria Paula Albernaz of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning FAU-Rio.

Architecture Services Trade Mission to Brazil

AIA 2013 President Mickey Jacob gave remarks at the Federal University ?Fundão? area's Faculty of Architecture (FAU).  FAU is the oldest architecture school in Brazil.

Architecture Services Trade Mission to Brazil

Mr. Roberto Abreu e Lima of Pernambuco's State Agency for Economic Development talks about the vast number of opportunities in the northeastern state; "it's the Brazil of the future."

Architecture Services Trade Mission to Brazil

AIA members meet with potential partners in the fast-growing in Recife, Brazil.

Architecture Services Trade Mission to Brazil

The trade mission visited the rapidly growing city of Recife in Brazil's northeast after two days of programs in Rio.

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The AIA Leads Successful October Trade Mission to Brazil
By Derek Washam, Manager, Federal & International Programs

Last week AIA 2013 President Mickey Jacob, FAIA, and a group of American architects visited Brazil as part of the first-ever Architecture Services Trade Mission sponsored by the AIA and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The five day program included visits to Rio de Janeiro, the host city of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and Recife, a fast-growing city in the northeastern state of Pernambuco.

New opportunities in the world’s seventh largest economy attracted the participants to Brazil. In an effort to surmount some of the difficult obstacles that international practice can present, they opted to join the trade mission in order to foster new business relationships and gain insights into the economy. In the short span of a week, the mission provided access to potential clients and partners, a better understanding of the local markets, and of the business cultural associated with doing work in Brazil. In both cities the participants had matchmaking meetings where they were connected with potential leads

The mission commenced with opening remarks by U.S. Consul General John Creamer in Rio de Janeiro, who noted that there is $70 billion of U.S. investments in Brazil each year. After presentations on the legal aspects of doing business in Brazil, public-private partnerships, designing for the Olympics, and LEED trends, Jacob joined Vicente Giffoni, President of the Rio Chapter of the Association of Architecture Offices (ASBEA-RJ), and Sydnei Menezes, President of the Rio Chapter of the Council for Architecture and Urbanism (CAU-RJ), to discuss best practices in the U.S. and Brazil. The three emphasized the importance of international collaboration and partnership to the success of architects in both countries. Before heading north to Recife, the group participated in site visits to Rio’s port zone and the Rio Art Museum (MAR), where Jacob spoke with Brazil’s largest newspaper O Globo about the impressive scale and speed of the port project.

In Recife, the group got a glimpse of what Mr. Roberto Abreu e Lima of the Pernambuco State Agency for Economic development called the “Brazil of the future.” The 5th largest metropolitan area in the country is home to the massive Port of Suape development, as well as a number of new planned cities being built to accommodate Recife’s growing economic stature. While many might not be familiar with the city, these AIA members will be on the leading edge of ensuring that the region is truly “the Brazil of the future” by providing the best expertise to many potential clients that they met on this mission.

With the World Cup and Summer Olympics, a strong economy, and a growing middle class, the mission provided AIA members the opportunity to expand their practices in one of today’s most dynamic countries.


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