RIBA members urged to compete for international work worth billions

UK architects will learn how to unlock their share of billions of pounds of potential business when they explore worldwide opprtunities at the RIBA’s international conference on 8 March 2013. Held at the 66 Portland Place, RIBA’s central London base, the free one-day conference which is open to all members, will unscramble some of the perceptions about working in countries such as China, Brazil, Turkey, Colombia and the United Arab Emirates.

After the London 2012 Games, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) identified that the Olympic legacy will bring significant economic benefit to the UK including: “£4billion of overseas opportunities for UK firms in markets including Brazil, Russia and China.”

Guest speakers from around the world will explain to conference delegates the practical issues of doing business, how to access the market, dealing with regulation, getting paid, making contacts, partnership working and much more. In addition to the formal programme there will also be an opportunity to network with UKTI representatives from around the world as well as expert inward business delegations from Spain, Brazil and China.

Attendees will also hear from Matthew Smith, Director General of the Middle East Association and Keith Lambourne MBE, Export Director ACO International, as well as a range of other specialists in taking UK architecture overseas. The conference chair will be Peter Oborn, RIBA Vice President International, and an economic overview will be presented by Business Monitor International. Representatives from China Britain Business Council and UK Trade and Investment will also take the stage. Delegates will be able to explore the business opportunities available and how to access them as they learn from those who have previously worked within these countries.

RIBA President Angela Brady will give a lunchtime address and share her new film ‘Designing for Champions’ - a short film highlighting the success of the smaller practices involved in delivering the London 2012 which is now being used by the Government’s GREAT campaign to promote British architecture around the world.

Speaking ahead of the conference RIBA Chief Executive Harry Rich, who will open the day said: 'UK construction spend fell by 30% between 2007 and 2011 and current market predictions suggest it will take the UK until 2020 to recover to 2007 levels. This is a compelling reason to start exploring overseas opportunities if you haven’t already.'

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