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BSA Global debuts at ABX

The BSA Global Practice Network was honored to be asked to moderate one of the ArchitectureBoston track sessions at ABX this week:

B22 Going Global, Culture Shock

“It’s not just professional practice that holds surprises for those working abroad, but project delivery, business customs, and the routines of daily life. Our panelists share stories from the field – the good, the bad, and the baffling – and highlight the perils and attractions of working outside your cultural comfort zone.”

BSA Global co-chair Mark Careaga moderated a panel of four design professionals covering a wide range of disciplines and experiences. Discussion was lively and varied, covering topics such as:

  • “Lost in translation” … cross-office and cross-cultural comparisons and conflicts … and juggling time zones
  • “Shiny new objects” … how conflicting, and often inverted, value systems impact the design process
  • “Do you VoIP?” … new technology and how it impacts an international practice
  • “Only connect” … the importance of understanding cultural context and what makes your clients and local partners tick

Panelists included:

  • Deborah Bentley, architect and educator
  • Bob Daylor PE, civil engineer, professional land surveyor, and Senior VP at Tetratech
  • Gerard Georges, project manager at Shepley Bullfinch
  • Christian Lemon, landscape architect and Principal of Lemon | Brooke