Save the date: Partnering for success in association with UKTI
The RIBA in association with UKTI wish to deliver a high profile event for its members to promote, encourage and educate architectural practices to work internationally.
In 2013 the RIBA held its second Working International conference "Wish you were here". The event sponsored by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) brought together groups from across the globe to share their knowledge of key growth markets around the world.
In 2014 we would like to extend and develop this concept by helping you to discover how working in partnership can help unlock business growth opportunities in international markets.
The 'Partnering for success' conference will therefore focus on key issue involved in finding and working with international and local partners to support international business growth. We will consider the challenges, pitfalls and benefits of the various options and provide you with the opportunity to meet a selection of overseas visitors eager for international collaboration.
We will bring together UKTI and other specialists from a selection of countries including China and the Gulf. They will outline the business opportunities and discuss how they can connect you with the right overseas partner for your chosen market. You will also be able to meet those who have previously worked in international markets and learn from their experiences.
In addition to the formal programme there will also be an opportunity to network with UKTI representatives from around the world. They can explain the practical issues of doing business, how to access the market, dealing with regulation, getting paid, making contacts, and much more.
Please save the date in your 2014 diary of Monday 3 March 2014 at RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London.
Watch this space for more details and how to book.
Alternatively, contact Marcus Deeley or tel. 020 7307 3683
RIBA 'GREAT WEEKS' visit to Mexico
For GREAT week Mexico (11-15 Nov) RIBA International brought together a cross section of UK practices to showcase their work and explore the opportunities for export in both Mexico City and Guadalajara. Supported by a fantastic team of UKTI staff from the UK and Mexico offices, the week was professionally organised and packed with relevant activities. Writing as one of those lucky enough to take part, I found the trip inspiring and wish that all UK architects could have been there to taste the fresh air of energy and entrepreneurship that overrides the inevitable pollution of one of the worlds largest cities. A place where the structure of regulation, planning and the NIMBY democracy are either non-existent or inconsistent. As one company put it: 'finding work in Mexico is like pushing on an open door.' We were warmly welcomed by government officials, business men and women, developers and fellow architects.
Of course there are downsides: you have to get there (the eleven-hour flight), negotiate the language difference, and rely upon local partners to get things built. There is talk of corruption in many areas and an obvious tendency to unplanned development. However, things are changing in Mexico: developers and planners know that we have developed architectural skills - particularly in the areas of master planning and urban design - that they need. Furthermore, as evidenced by Baroness Bonham Carter's presence, the Mexican and UK governments' commitment to increase bilateral trade are being taken seriously and include practical business support.
If you are interested in getting away from the mire of UK bureaucracy and applying your architectural skills in a pioneering culture then I thoroughly commend Mexico to you: it won't be an easy ride, but I'm sure it will be inspiring, and if you manage it well it will be great for your business.
Liz Thomas Architect Dip Arch RIBA
Climate Change and Sustainable Development Resolution
On the eve of the Commonwealth Head Of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013, the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) forwarded a resolution to the Heads of Governments to build Urban Resilience on matters relating to the Built Environment.
As this resolution supports the RIBA’s policy on climate change and sustainable development, the RIBA has endorsed this initiative of the CAA and showed its support by signing the resolution.
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2014 UIA Congress in Durban - second call for papers
Connections, diversity, integration, resilience, sustainability, accountability and humility. These are the precepts that will guide the dynamic, challenging and inspiring conversation at UIA 2014 Durban.
Against the backdrop of this diverse and multi-layered city, UIA 2014 Durban invites practitioners, academics, designers and students from all disciplines involved with city making to contribute to a unique debate on human settlements and the evolution of cities.
The Congress theme, 'Architecture Otherwhere', will celebrate diversity by exploring other communities, other regions, other disciplines, and other ways of thinking about, practising and teaching in the built environment. The intention is to acknowledge the built environment as a major force that may be harnessed towards a better life for all – through the sub-themes Resilience, Ecology and Values.
Abstracts must be submitted via the Oxford Abstracts system. Please note that you will be required to create a User ID on Oxford Abstracts in order to submit, and to receive notifications regarding your submission.
Abstract submission deadline is 31 October 2013.
For more information please visit the event's website.
UK Sustainable Building Conference in China, 29 November
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Shanghai is delighted to invite you to join one day UK Sustainable Building Conference on Friday 29th November 2013, at JW Marriott in Hangzhou, China. This conference aims at promoting UK’s construction capabilities in Building information modelling (BIM), architecture design, master planning, sustainable consultancy, project management, building products and technologies.
This one day event engages with leading officials from Hangzhou Urban Planning Bureau, Construction Committees, local developer associations, Local Design Institutes, business executives and other key stakeholders. It will provide enormous opportunities for UK companies, and raise UK construction profile in Hangzhou.
To find out more information and book your place please see the the RSVP form below.
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Opportunities in Taiwan’s for sustainable and urban infrastructure sector
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is organising a trade mission to showcase the UK's low carbon and sustainable urban development expertise.
The Taiwan Eco-Cities project is one of UKTI's top 100 High Value Opportunities (HVO). The HVO programme identifies, and prioritises large scale overseas procurement opportunities with a value in excess of £500m and supports UK businesses in accessing these. The HVO programme is targeting 100 projects globally covering a broad range of markets and sectors.
The mission will visit Taipei and Kinmen Island to provide a unique opportunity for UK businesses interested in sustainable urban infrastructure development to see the range and scale of the opportunities first-hand and meet senior officials from the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), responsible for project specification, and local investors and developers.
To find out more information or to register please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about UIA working with students, International Architecture Award in Bakou, World Forum of Young Architects in Kosice and many more.
ACE Information Alert
Check out the latest ACE Alert, highlighting ongoing consultations, competitions and upcoming events.
China - Art centre project looking for master and architecture designer
A large, international and high-quality art centre seeks architect for master design, operation scheme consulting and architecture design. For more information visit www.ukti.gov.uk.
China - Large culture group looking for collaboration
Art collection and trade professionals, cultural experience centre planner, designers and leading creative culture organisations are needed for a large culture group. For more information visit www.ukti.gov.uk.
China - Seeking architecture designer for high-end nursing home and collaboration
A large nursing home investment and operation platform in China is looking for collaboration with excellent elders service organisations and experienced architecture designers. For more information visit www.ukti.gov.uk.
China - Theme park fun land looking for collaboration
State-owned company seeks architect for theme park fun land (educational and entertaining, hope to target to children / young people) planning and designing. For more details visit www.ukti.gov.uk.
China - Large project looking for landscape designer
A key project for the local government, consisting of sports and leisure parks, now seeking landscape designer and inviting famous brands. To enter visit www.ukti.gov.uk
RIBA signs Memorandum of Understanding with RIBA-USA
An important accord has been signed between Angela Brady, RIBA President and Jonathan B. Wimpenny, President of the RIBA-USA Board of Trustees. This agreement now clarifies the close collaboration and enhanced mutual engagement between RIBA-USA (a US 501C3 charity) and the RIBA.
First established in Los Angeles (1995), followed by New York (1996), RIBA-USA was a members' initiative led by Tim Clark, who founded its Board of Chapter Representatives, encouraged new Chapters in Boston and Chicago, and inspiring similar action by RIBA groups in Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco and Washington DC to cover the entire US region.
RIBA-USA is now formally part of the network of RIBA communities from all over the world, which undertake activities that promote architecture and support architects working in partnership with local members and co-professionals in the region.
The RIBA is supporting the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) GREAT WEEKS campaign, which saw its London launch on 16 July 2013.
The GREAT Campaign is the most ambitious UK-wide international marketing programme for a generation, encouraging the world to visit, study and do business with the UK.
The GREAT WEEKS launch offered a preview of this unique opportunity, and an overview of each market. Further information.
As well as UK roadshows, there will also be a series of trade missions taking place. The RIBA will, on behalf of the UKTI, be leading the trade mission for architects to Mexico between 11-16 November. Any RIBA members interested in finding out more about joining the trade mission should contact email@example.com.
RIBA to lead UK trade missions to Mexico and the Middle East
The RIBA is planning to lead a trade mission to Mexico in November 2013 and to the Middle East in December 2013.
Any RIBA members interested in finding out more should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.