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How to launch an international design practice and gain projects overseas

A comprehensive overview of the rewards and perils of international practice for architects, this book draws on the experience of dozens of leading practitioners to present lessons for the profession. Written primarily for architects, the content is also relevant to any design professional considering working in a foreign country. Among the many questions it helps answer:

Should my firm consider pursuing work overseas?

Can a small or medium-sized firm successfully pursue international work?

How do we start and how do we get a first project in another country?

How is international practice different from working in the United States?

What contract provisions and other measures will help minimize the risks?

Should we have an overseas office and, if so, what type?

Should we consider outsourcing to overseas staff as a way to even out workload and increase profits?

What does the future look like for international practice?

The largest section of the book expands on these issues with specific guidelines for working in more than 185 countries. Countries with little potential for North American architects are summarized briefly, while fuller descriptions are provided for more than 25 countries that have been or could be major markets for international design services.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471760870
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/16/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.78 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

The author, Bradford Perkins, FAIA, MRAIC, AICP, is the founder of Perkins Eastman Architects, a 750-person international architectural, interior design, and planning firm based in New York. He is also the author or coauthor of three other books published by Wiley: Building Type Basics for Elementary and Secondary Schools, Building Type Basics for Senior Living, and Architect's Essentials of Starting a Design Firm.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction and Historical Overview     1
Introduction     1
An Historic Overview     2
Getting Started     7
Why Consider an International Practice     7
Eight Reasons to Consider International Practice     7
Ten Reasons to Be Cautious     9
Planning an International Practice     11
Market Analysis     12
Setting Goals     12
An Evaluation of Strengths and Weaknesses     12
A Marketing Plan     13
Management and Operations     16
A Financial Plan     16
First Steps     17
What Country Is the Right Place to Start     17
How to Start     19
Questions to Answer during an Initial Exploration     20
Getting Those First Projects     20
Contract Issues     22
Getting Started-Case Studies     25
Running an International Practice     43
Managing an International Practice     43
Models for Overseas Practice     43
Ten Home Office Management Issues     44
Key Foreign-Office Responsibilities     49
Firmwide Governance Issues     51
Outsourcing     52
Reasons to Consider Outsourcing     52
Key Issues in Outsourcing     53
Case Studies     57
Regional and Country Issues     59
The Americas     60
North America     60
The Caribbean and Island Nations of the Western Atlantic     74
Latin America     91
Central America     91
South America     96
Western Europe     111
Eastern Europe, Russia, and the States of the Former Soviet Union     153
Central and Eastern Europe     153
Russia and the States of the Former Soviet Union     162
Africa and the Middle East     174
Northern Africa     175
Northwestern Africa     191
Southern Africa     195
Middle East     205
Asia, Oceania, and the South Pacific     228
Southern Asia     228
East Asia     240
Southeast Asia     278
Oceania and the South Pacific     296
The Future     303
UIA (International Union of Architects) Accord on Recommended International Standards of Professionalism in Architectural Practice      307
Recommended Guidelines for the UIA Accord on Recommended International Standards of Professionalism in Architectural Practice Policy on Practice in a Host Nation     322
American Institute of Architects (AIA) (International Contract Documents     327
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Antibribery Provisions     354
Notes     361
References, Further Reading, and Resources     363
Index     367
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