Message - Re: Is Architecture a Global Profession ?

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Posted by  Gary R on February 18, 2003 at 09:49:40:

In Reply to:  Re: Is Architecture a Global Profession ? posted by nungchong on February 16, 2003 at 19:52:30:

Agreed. However, what I was suggesting is that the economics of scale is what keeps most architectural firms from expanding their operations overseas. The larger and more far-flung and organization is, the more difficult it is to manage, and that is assuming the firm has the capital required to expand to that extent, in the first place.

I assumed, in my first response to this thread, that the person I was repsonding to meant why don't U.S. arhitecures firms establish offices in other countries. However, I now realize that he may have meant, why do U.S. Architecture firms not pursue more projects in other countries. If this is what was meant, then I'd have to say that there are many U.S. architectural firms that do foreign projects. I've worked for a couple of them, myself. I suppose that most U.S. firms don't do such projects because they haven't cultivated the contacts necessary to seek and secure such jobs. Even a relatively small firm can handle the logistics of a foreign-based project, especially these days, when we have so many ways of communicating with each other.


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