AIA Global Practice Primer

Practice resources for all firms considering, or engaged in, international projects

Quito exhibit at Habitat III

The city of Quito's exhibit at Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.

"This is really much more than a primer. Here you have the embodiment of decades of experience and work in the foreign field. This volume provides valuable judgment and guidance for anyone venturing to practice outside of our national borders." – Thomas Vonier, FAIA, 2017 AIA President

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.

The primer was produced by the AIA International Practice Committee and features contributors with a wealth of first-hand knowledge and expertise on international projects. From business development and marketing to legal issues and project delivery, this primer is designed to provide architects with the basics needed to expand your work internationally.

The International Practice Committee Advisory Group invites commentary on this document’s content and usefulness. Submit any feedback to Derek Washam, Senior Manager, International Relations.

Image credits

Quito exhibit at Habitat III

Mary Kell, AIA