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ACE Conference on Internationalisation of the architectural profession & the NEB 18/04


With the globalisation of the economy and technological progress, architectural firms now have greater opportunities to collaborate and work on projects across borders, within the European Union and globally.

According to the last edition of the ACE Sector Study, in 2022 5% of European architects worked in another EU Member State and two per cent outside the EU. The study also reveals that over the past year, 16% of respondents had seriously considered working in another EU Member State and 6% outside Europe, without however taking action. Moreover, an increasing number of architects are trained in countries other than their own, showing a genuine interest and growing capacity of the profession to move across borders. Therefore, there is every reason to believe that the potential for further internationalisation of the profession is strong, provided that professionals can find adequate support.

The conference aimed to discuss the challenges inherent to cross-border work and export of services and present solutions to overcome barriers encountered by professionals, including tools and schemes offered by the European Union; guidance developed by the Architects’ Council of Europe; and support provided by professional bodies at national level. Architects who have successfully developed their business internationally will also share their experience. The ACE strongly supports the New European Bauhaus movement initiated by the EU Commission, as it helps to make the quality of our living environment a matter of public interest and elevates architecture to an unprecedented political level. Beyond business and entrepreneurial perspectives, the conference will also provide an opportunity to discuss the relevance of the NEB values, themes and principles for other parts of the world and emphasise the common values that unite the profession across the world.

Sharing common values: Internationalisation of the profession and the New European Bauhaus
Date: Thursday 18 April, from 9.00 to 17.00 CET
Location: CIVA, Auditorium, Rue de l'Ermitage 55, 1050 Bruxelles.
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Presentations are available here.

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The ACE conference has received the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and is a Satellite event of the New European Bauhaus Festival.

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