When Change Means Going International- Middle East

Course addresses unique opportunities, challenges, risks, rewards, and other factors to consider when working in the region of the Middle East.


Through the experiences of two practitioners who completed projects in the Middle East, you will understand the opportunities of the region and learn what cultural practices must be considered to achieve substantive results. The speakers will review the elements of design, construction documents, local laws, and systems of energy efficiency and sustainability which factored into how they approached and managed their projects for their international clients.

This course is part of the When Change Means Going International series. The Overview course and other regional and country specific courses in this series can be taken individually or in combination to suit your interest.

Learning objectives

  • Learn the expectations in the pre-design and design phase of clients in the Middle East.
  • Understand the use of both traditional and emerging building systems, materials, and methods for projects in the region.
  • Recognize the differences in laws, codes, regulations, and accessibility issues from domestic norms.
  • Identify energy efficiency and sustainability priorities for work in the region.
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Average: 4.2 (10 votes)
$40 non-member
$25 member
1.00 LU
  • RIBA


  • Sherif W. Anis


    Design Manager, Gulf Related, United Arab Emirates

    A founding member of the AIA Middle East Board of Directors, Sherif has served as the Chapter's...
  • Thierry Paret


    Treasurer, AIA International Region and Past President AIA Middle East

    Design Advisor, Government of Qatar - Ashghal

    Thierry Paret is an American architect, of Haitian descent who was both the founder and first...

Course details

Contents: Video, quiz, evaluation

Expiration: One year after purchase

Duration: 1:00

Passing Score: 80% on quiz