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International Practice Workshop Coming to Atlanta May 15th
By Derek Washam, Manager, Federal & International Programs

Growing foreign markets are fueling demand for well qualified American architects to take their skills abroad. Expanding economies, growing middle class populations, and premier events like the World Cup are creating exciting new projects in nearly all design specializations. Architects, however, must be prepared for business, regulatory, and cultural environments that can be vastly different than in the United States. With consideration of these differences, international practice can be incredibly rewarding to you and your practice.

On May 15, the AIA and the AIA Atlanta will host Working Abroad—Pros, Cons, & Ways Forward to help you expand your practice in thriving international markets. This morning training session will provide you with a wealth of knowledge from experts who know the ins and outs of working in foreign countries by examining the varying business practices, cultural issues, and laws that could present obstacles and the resources to help you overcome them.

The panels will include local architects with extensive international experience, the International Trade Administration, the Small Business Administration, and the Export-Import Bank of the United States. India, Brazil, and the Gulf states will serve as a catalyst for discussion, as they offers a myriad of opportunities to expand your business portfolio, but the lessons learned are applicable across the globe! The event will be hosted in the Logan Room at the Woodruff Volunteer Center at 100 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA, from 8:30am until Noon.

For more information on this event or registration, visit or contact Derek Washam at or (202) 626-7595.

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