The AIA International Practice Committee recently released an updated 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.
In the latest AIA Global Practice Primer edition, the document has expanded to include information on the use of technology in international practice, a brief guide to international human resource development and, written by Alison Laas, a section on global sustainability.
AIA defines leadership in sustainability as focusing on four priority areas—energy, materials, design and health, and resilience. This chapter describes how architects working in global practice can take advantage of unique opportunities in each of these areas. It includes considerations for developing sustainability goals with international clients and provides resources for sustainable and green building rating systems that are used in international markets.
Read the AIA Global Practice Primer.