AIA Entrepreneur Summit 2015: Global Practice

A keynote and expert panelists offer insights on key trends creating challenges and opportunities in the global economy.


We talk about the global nature of architecture, yet most firms don’t choose to work in international markets. Offering services in the global marketplace exposes architects to greater competition, and also new types of risk. The keynote and panel in this course offer insights on the key trends creating challenges and opportunities in the global economy. Explore issues of international expansion such as ensuring design quality and safety, choosing practice locations, competing for international projects, and the unique expertise U.S. architects bring to global practice. You’ll also consider the influence of technology on architecture globalization, the impact of small firms, compensation, and many other topics.  

Learning objectives

  • Describe considerations for expanding architectural practice to an international market
  • Discuss the opportunities and also the risks in practicing globally
  • Explain the unique expertise that US architects can bring to global assignments
  • Discuss the influence of advancements in technology on architects wishing to practice globally.
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 $25  member
1.50 LUs
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  • Jorge Bermudez

    Jorge A. Bermudez

    President and CEO, Byebrook Group

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  • Rick Del Monte, FAIA

    Rick Del Monte


    Chief Design Officer, Beck Group

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  • Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA

    2023 President | The American Institute of Architects

     Senior Project Manager  |  Perkins&Will

    Emily Grandstaff-Rice has experience on a broad range of academic, hospitality, institutional, and...
  • Hiroshi Okamoto, AIA

    Hiroshi Okamoto


    Co-founder, OLI Architecture

    Hiroshi Okamoto, AIA, co-founded OLI Architecture in 2010. With a vast disciplinary understanding...
  • James M. Wright


    Senior Principal | Page Southerland Page, Inc.

    James Wright is one of seven senior principals of Page Southerland Page, Inc. ("Page"), and the...