Message - Re: Is it better to work in developing countries?

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Posted by  Jim on June 29, 2003 at 20:06:05:

In Reply to:  Re: Is it better to work in developing countries? posted by Ruud van Heyningen on June 23, 2003 at 02:48:19:

Really, Justin, so much would depend upon where you were to practice. As you know, evey nation and locality has its own regulations (both written and UN-written) that you must follow, and this does not include the variations in getting financing, political and legal approval, and a client that actually has the money he says he has for the project he wants. And what is "profitable" to you? To most Americans, that is millions of dollars yearly after a short time with a major firm. That means lots of major projects -- with you're being the high man on the company's 'totem pole.' (or "higher on the food chain" as the nasty vernacular now has it.) Will the developing country have enough 'major projects' to keep one in the style of life to which one wishes to become accustomed? And how 'provincial' are you willing to be? Many countries have their own traditional (sometimes called 'provincial') architecture that they really prefer. Are you willing to adapt to their tastes? If one worships at the feet of 'Corbu' or one of his lackeys today, can that one depart from the dregs of the Bauhaus long enough to please a foreign client? Or is that 'prostitution' of one's art? And just how much does an architectural 'prostitute' get paid these days? Better have that return-home air fare ticket in your pocket before you even meet the client.

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