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      Trade Mission to India by Architects, Commerce Department Begins Today

      Five-Day Trade Mission With International Trade Administration to Highlight U.S. Architecture Services

      Contact: John Schneidawind

      For immediate release:
      Washington, D.C. – October 15, 2012
      – The International Trade Administration and the American Institute of Architects today open a five-day Architecture Services Trade Mission to India that is introducing U.S. firms to India’s rapidly expanding market for architectural services, helping U.S. companies in their pursuit of new Indian partners.

      The mission to India includes representatives from leading small or medium-sized U.S. architectural services companies that provide state-of-the-art and world class designs. Targeted sectors holding high potential for U.S architectural firms include master planning, regional and neighborhood design, as well as architecture for ports, hospitals, health care facilities, airports and other transportation infrastructure, mixed-use projects, and architectural services.

      “American architects are pre-eminent in the world, and their talent and expertise are in high demand in many of the fastest-growing global markets,” said AIA First Vice President Mickey Jacob, FAIA.

      “This trade mission aims to help build America’s competitiveness by raising the profile of U.S. innovative design in worldwide markets,” said Jacob, who is travelling to India as part of the trade mission.

      India, one of the world’s fastest growing economies, is seeking to invest $1 trillion in its infrastructure during the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-2017) and is looking for private sector investment to fund half of this massive expansion. The rapid growth of the Indian economy—averaging 8 percent over the past 10 years—has created a pressing need for infrastructure development and the country requires significant outside expertise to meet its goals.

      The mission is visiting Chennai, Kolkata (Calcutta) and Bangalore, where participants will receive market briefings and participate in customized meetings with key Indian officials and prospective partners. Mission participants will also have the option of making additional stops at Mumbai, Ahmedabad and New Delhi, where ITA’s U.S. Commercial Service can arrange meetings with both private sector developers and state and local government officials.

      Further question about the trade mission should be directed to Jessica Salmoiraghi, the AIA’s Director of Federal Relations, at 202-626-7398, email:

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