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The 7 Things You Need To Know Before Going Abroad

00:00 - 12 November, 2012
3 of the top 9 countries to find work, according to our reader-led survey: Norway, Panama, and Thailand. Upper left: Oslo by Flickr User CC Peter Guthrie. Bottom left: 'Hanoi Traffic' by Flickr User pheochromocytoma. Right: 'Revolution Tower, Panamá City, Panamá' by Flickr User CC Chodaboy. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
3 of the top 9 countries to find work, according to our reader-led survey: Norway, Panama, and Thailand. Upper left: Oslo by Flickr User CC Peter Guthrie. Bottom left: 'Hanoi Traffic' by Flickr User pheochromocytoma. Right: 'Revolution Tower, Panamá City, Panamá' by Flickr User CC Chodaboy. Used under Creative Commons

“The word ‘Crisis,’ etymologically speaking, comes from Greek, and means a change of direction, or a new opportunity. That’s the semantic meaning. A change of direction, new opportunities. For me, that’s what crisis means.” 

For Xavier Rodriguez, the Crisis wasn’t a stopping point - it was the beginning.

At the first sight of economic trouble, the Catalonian architect decided to pursue a long-time dream and expand abroad. Markets in Europe and the United States were (and remain) decidedly sluggish; by now, almost all architecture firms in Spain have cut down their staff, and about half have closed their doors. Meanwhile, the developing world has seen a surge of growth - and an increasing need for experienced, knowledgeable workers.

Rodriguez, like many architects today, has taken advantage of that need - to considerable success. However, the road hasn’t been easy. While many entertain the idea of pursuing opportunities abroad, there are a few things Rodriguez told us that every architect should know before taking the leap.

Find out what you need to know to be successful abroad, after the break...

Architecture Studio / BmesR29 Arquitectes

00:00 - 12 April, 2011
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  • Architects

  • Location

    4a Lleida, Spain
  • Category

  • Project Team

    Xavier F. Rodríguez i Padilla, Josep Mª Burgués i Solanes
  • Collaborating Architect

    Arnau Ricart Real
  • Collaborator

    Xavier Romero Monjo, Cristina Cruz Gómez
  • Area

    184.64 m2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs