The AIA International Practice Committee recently released the AIA Global Practice Primer, 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 including Payette’s own Alison Laas. Alison has been a key member of several Aga Khan University master planning and building projects in Karachi, Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam. She also played a significant role in the Fifth XiangYa Hospital design competition team, managing the medical planning team and working on many facets of the project.
From business development and marketing to legal issues and project delivery, the AIA Global Practice Primer is designed to provide architects with the basics needed to expand your work internationally. Within the document, Alison focused on examining the different ways that projects can be delivered in international markets.
It also addresses considerations for scope definition, client relationships and working with consultants and contractors, including design phases, team participation during construction, design team organization, documentation and the role of technology in the delivery process.
Interested in learning more about the AIA Global Practice Primer? The International Practice Committee Advisory Group will be presenting the document at this year’s 2017 AIA Convention in Orlando, Florida March 27-30. Payette Associate Principal Mark Careaga will be a panelist during the informational session.