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The AIA supports policies that promote American architects as leaders in global design. The AIA urges policymakers to continue helping American firms export American services internationally, through the administration’s National Export Initiative and other vehicles.


Ninety-five percent of the world’s population lives outside of the United States. Developing nations with rising middle classes have a strong demand for new buildings and infrastructure, including everything from health care facilities and schools to sports complexes, airports, and urban redevelopments. 

The Rio Olympics, the Sochi Winter Olympics, India’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan and China’s second tier cities all demand architectural expertise.   Moreover, as land is a scare resource and with energy prices skyrocketing, developing nations are looking to building sustainably.  American architects are known throughout the world for their expertise in sustainable, high performance design. 

Increased exports abroad help the economy at home. According to U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank,  “Higher exports lead to more jobs: in 2011, jobs supported by exports increased by 1.2 million over 2009.”

Although there are numerous opportunities for American architects to work abroad, the process of entering foreign markets can be daunting, particularly for small entrepreneurs. That is why programs like the National Export Imitative help open doors for American businesses of all sizes, in both goods and services.

Architecture is about making lives better through design. Through international trade, architects can export American design excellence to the rest of the world. 

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U.S. Department of Commerce

International Trade Administration

SBA Export Assistance Centers

U.S. State Department

U.S. Trade Representative

U.S. Export-Import Bank

The Overseas Private Investment Bank


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