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Oct 25, 2017

Best Countries For Architects To Work In

Architecture

For the longest while, America and UK have been this Holy Grail for architects. For more reasons than one architects around the world have aspired to work in these countries, perhaps owning it to the number of leading firms located there or famous architects who have come from there. Many emerging markets often go unnoticed in this process. Archh compiles a list of countries that promise a bright future for the 21st century architect based on the opportunities and standard of living they offer.

Sweden

Emporia Shopping Center in Sweden

Sweden is the top choice for practicing architects who seek equal opportunity. There has been a lot of complaint about how this field has largely been difficult for women, but in Sweden this isn't the case. In fact, it is one of the few countries that has an equal ratio of men and women working in architecture. For architects who are starting a family, it might interest you to know that the longest maternity leave taken by an Architect in Sweden was 60 weeks with full pay! Also men get paternity leave of 8.5 weeks as well.  White Arkitekter, Tengborn and Sweco which are on the top 100 architecture firms in the world are also located in Sweden. On an average an Architect can make $140, 000 a year.

China

CCTV Building in China

The language barrier may be a hurdle but China is at the brink of something big. The country has opened up it's iron curtain to the global economy and this has opened up a variety of opportunities for foreign architects who want to work in China. According to the Economist, nearly 48% of China's GDP was dominated by internal investments in infrastructure and Urban planning . This clearly shows the importance the local government in putting into the country's future through architecture. Shanghai and Hong Kong have become open markets now and are a great place to kickstart your practice in the country. On an average an architect makes $2000, 000 a year. The world's 5th biggest architecture firm Aedas is located in China as well.

Dubai

Dubai International Cricket Stadium is amongst the best stadiums in the world

Dubai is definitely the most progressive of middle eastern locations. With Wealthy Gulf Arab investors, Dubai is a major playground for architects who can deliver extravagant structures which are visually striking.  It is also doubling up as the second home for the rich and famous. Dubai is well on it's way to becoming the premier 21st century city. Within three years this city will include the world’s tallest tower and life-size reconstructions of the Eiffel Tower, the Tower of Babel and the main Pyramid of Giza. With so much going for it, why not think Dubai if you are considering working abroad? Not to mention, no tax cuts on your earnings!

India

Mumbai’s Swanky New T2 Terminal is one of the most inspiring Airport designs

India is emerging as a formidable economy in the global context. The growth rate, albite low has been stead showcasing that the economy is not volatile. The last few years have seen the country take its infrastructure very seriously. Infrastructure is growing on every end - be it airports, hi-rise apartments or roadways. A lot of this has happened in a small span of time, many credit this increase sense of urgency to improve infrastructure to the General Election that is currently underway. India could be an interesting and peculiar opportunity for young architects. Some of the biggest architecture firms in India like Architect Hafeez Contractor have witnessed turnovers of $30-40 million in recent times.

South Africa

Carlton centre in Johannesburg

When you think design, South Africa may not be the first name that pops into your mind. But if you are an architect in South Africa/Working in South Africa, this year is particularly excellent for you.  South Africa will host the International Union of Architects (UIA) Congress, from the 3rd – 7th August under the theme OTHERWHERE. Other major events include Design Indaba and Spatial Transformation of Cities Conference.  In fact Archh Guest Blogger Amira Osman wrote an entire article about it's a good year to be a practicing architect in South Africa. You can read it here

What country are you from and what is the state of architecture in it? Do share your views in the comments section!