China, U.K. Leading Design Markets

China and the United Kingdom are the top international markets for U.S. architecture firms, according to a recent market research survey of 629 U.S. architects commissioned by building product manufacturer PPG and reported by sister publication Building Design + Construction on its website at www.bdcnetwork.

04/01/2007


China and the United Kingdom are the top international markets for U.S. architecture firms, according to a recent market research survey of 629 U.S. architects commissioned by building product manufacturer PPG and reported by sister publication Building Design + Construction on its website at www.bdcnetwork.com .

The study was designed to encompass a representative cross-section of U.S. architects according to firm size, job title, geographic location and years of experience.

According to the report, 32% of U.S. architecture firms have projects built outside the country. China is the leading international market, accounting for 21% of the firms' combined international business, followed by 16% for the United Kingdom. In comparison, neighboring Canada and Mexico represent only 15% and 13% of U.S. firms' international project work, respectively.

Firms in the southeastern United States and on the West Coast reported the highest percentages of work in China, while projects in the United Kingdom were executed primarily by companies on the West Coast and in the Mid-Atlantic states.

Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Brazil, India, South Korea and Germany were among the other significant sources of international business for U.S. firms.

The study also confirmed the growing importance of the Internet as a product information resource for architects. A full 85% of survey participants named manufacturer websites as their preferred source of product information.





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