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SBA Joins Feb. 21 International Practice Workshop in Salt Lake City
By Derek Washam, Manager, Federal & International Programs
On February 21 there is an excellent opportunity to learn new skills to help you expand your practice abroad. The AIA and AIA Utah will present “Working Abroad: Pros, Cons, and Ways Forward” at the Utah State Capitol. We are happy to announce that the Small Business Administration will now also be participating alongside representatives from the U.S. Commercial Service. In addition to these federal agencies, Michael Lee of MLD Worldwide will provide insight into international work from the perspective of an architect.
In an increasingly globalized world, projects outside of the U.S. offer a great deal of opportunity for you to showcase your skills. American architects are being sought for your high-quality expertise, so the AIA wants to help you be prepared to compete for these jobs. “Working Abroad: Pros, Cons, and Ways Forward” is a fantastic chance to learn how a local architect procures work abroad, overcomes the obstacles, and has success. Using resources the U.S. government makes available can help you be a step ahead while taking on work in countries that are often quite different from our own. Terri Batch and Dave Fiscus of the U.S. Commercial Service and Steve Price of the SBA will provide overviews to their organizations’ many programs, including counseling, loans, research, and more, that can help you be prepared for what you may encounter.
The event will be hosted from 1pm-3pm at the Utah State Capitol in the Spruce Room of East Senate Building, 350 North State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84114. More information is available at www.aia.org/workingpcw. For questions, please email Derek Washam, Manager of Federal & International Programs.
Image: The Bahá’í House of Worship, Lotus Temple, New Delhi, India; architect: Fariborz Sahba
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