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The AIA & The AIA Portland to Host Working Abroad Training

By Derek Washam, Manager, Federal & International Programs

Were you unable to attend Working Abroad: Pros, Cons, and Ways Forward in Boston in July? Luckily, there is an opportunity for those on the West Coast to learn the ins-and-outs of international practice and the resources to help. On September 23, the AIA and the AIA Portland will host Working Abroad: Pros, Cons, and Ways Forward in Portland.

This half-day workshop will feature panel discussions led by local architects with extensive international experience, representatives from the U.S. Commercial Service, and the Small Business Administration.

International work can be challenging, but can offer great rewards. This morning training session will provide you with a wealth of knowledge from local architects with extensive first-hand knowledge of working in foreign countries. They will present the varying business practices, cultural issues, and laws that could present obstacles and present the resources to help you overcome them.

While there are risks, there are a number of resources to help you mitigate them. The U.S. Commercial Service and Small Business Administration will provide you with information on their various resources to help you succeed, such as market research, advocacy, loan programs, and trade missions—including the November Architectural Services Trade Mission to Qatar.

The event will be hosted at the AIA Portland at 403 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 from 8:30am until noon.

For more information on this event, visit or contact Derek Washam.

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