Nearly two-thirds of architecture firms are not practicing internationally, according to firm leaders on AIA’s Work-on-the-Boards survey. Of these, 28.5% have no intention to do international work, and while the other 34.7% have no current plans, they might consider it for the right project. Only 10.2% of firm leaders report current projects outside the U.S., while the other 27% either had a recent international project or are planning on international work in the future.
The primary reason that firms will not engage internationally is that they don’t want to deal with potential complications from those projects, but others cited they were too busy or that they didn’t feel they were qualified. Firms doing international work cite practice diversification as their primary driver.
Source: AIA Work-on-the-Boards Survey, August 2019