AIA demonstrates its global leadership by providing resources for members practicing overseas, establishing and maintaining bi-lateral agreements with architectural organizations based outside the US and supporting members involved in the International Region.

AIA Global Practice Primer

The AIA Global Practice Primer is designed for architects who are either considering the pursuit of projects abroad or are already engaged in international work. It serves to highlight the intricacies and differences when it comes to working abroad, including specifics on how international practice generally differs from domestic architectural practice in the US.

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Global Practice Committee

The AIA Global Practice Committee explores and monitors global practice and policy issues to be addressed by the President and the Board of Directors and ensures communication among the different international constituencies and stakeholders within the AIA. The committee strives to promote excellence in global architectural practice; to serve as a resource to members by disseminating information in international markets, practice and design; to develop expertise in global policy and trade issues in order to advise AIA on international practice; to facilitate and enhance the global practices of the membership; and to foster relationships with architects abroad.

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Global Architecture Billings Index (GABI)

As design and construction activity becomes more globally integrated, there has been growing interest in tracking trends and assessing the outlook internationally. The goal of the GABI initiative, endorsed by the UIA and in cooperation with other professional architecture associations around the world, is to develop global design indicators to underscore the role of architects in:

·         improving the built environment

·         promoting economic growth worldwide

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Architectural Practice Around the World (APAW) Database

The International Union of Architects (UIA) maintains a database on practice standards, regulations, and more in countries around the world.

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UIA Accord on Recommended International Standards of Professionalism in Architectural Practice

The UIA Council established the Professional Practice Commission and approved its program in 1994.  Following some 25 months of intensive activity by the Commission during the 1993-1996 triennium, the UIA Assembly unanimously adopted the first edition of the Proposed UIA Accord on Recommended International Standards of Professionalism in Architectural Practice in Barcelona, Spain in July 1996.  By this action of the UIA Assembly, the Accord was established as policy recommendations to guide the ongoing work of the UIA and the UIA Professional Practice Commission.

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International Union of Architects (UIA)

The International Union of Architects (UIA) is a global organization made up of national architectural associations working together toward a common goal of uniting architects across the world. The UIA is comprised of professional architecture organizations from 124 countries and territories, representing over one million architects worldwide.

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Federacion Panamericana de Asociaciones de Arquitectos (FPAA)

In 1920, the first Pan American Congress of Architects was held. There the Permanent Committee of the Pan American Congresses was established, and in 1950, during the VII Congress, the creation of the Pan American Federation of Architects Associations was approved, with the task of formally bringing together architects from all American countries without racial, religious or political distinction.

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