Architecture & Engineering

Welcome to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s website for U.S. Architecture and Engineering Firms. This site is your resource for market research reports, trade leads, upcoming industry-related events and advocacy assistance.

Our division of Commerce, the U.S. Commercial Service, has a global network of 100 offices located throughout the U.S. and over 100 offices located in more than 70 countries. Our worldwide team of specialists is here to assist with your international outreach to partner firms, project developers, and design. To find your local design services specialist, please click on the link to the left titled “Local USDOC Offices”.

Our Design & Construction Team members can assist you with the following:

  • International Market Research – our overseas specialists generate reports on the design services sector of target markets around the world. We have developed our Design Resources Guide, but you can also access more reports at in our Market Research Library under the Services section.
  • Trade Missions & Events – We regularly develop and lead trade missions and events for the design services sector along with key industry associations. These missions provide market access and unrivaled exposure for firms seeking international projects.
  • Webinars – learn about the design sector in a market of interest without leaving your desk.
  • Advocacy – the Advocacy Center coordinates U.S. Government (USG) resources to level the playing field on behalf of U.S. business interests as they compete against foreign firms for government contracts or other U.S. export opportunities.
  • Gold Key Service – provides business meetings with pre-screened contacts, developers, firms, professional associations, government contacts, and/or licensing or joint venture partners.  Through the GKS program, Commercial Service staff will search for and arrange appointments with potential foreign partners in key markets.
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  • Single Company Promotion – provides support and official sponsorship in a specific market under the auspices of the American Embassy or Consulate.  Commercial Service staff overseas assists a U.S. company in organizing a product launch, technical seminar, cocktail reception, or similar event in a well-recognized location, such as a hotel or in some cases, the U.S. Ambassador's residence.  A typical event might include a 3-hour program with an introduction by a U.S. Government official followed by detailed company presentation and question/answer session followed by a networking session.  The SCP is an excellent opportunity to support your existing in-country representative by co-presenting to a targeted audience.


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Detailed Event Information For China Refrigeration 2013 Detailed Event Information For China Refrigeration 2013
China Refrigeration 2013 -- Architectural/Constr./Engineering SVC, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Eq., Food Processing/Packaging Eq., Hotel/Restaurant Eq.
Location/Date: Shanghai, China 04/08/2013 - 04/10/2013
Event Summary:
China Refrigeration 2013 provides market entry opportunities to U.S. exporters. The 24th International Exhibition for Refrigeration, Air-conditioning, Heating and Ventilation, Frozen Food Processing, Packaging and Storage (CHINA REFRIGERATION 2013) will be held on April 8-10, 2013 in Shanghai, China. China Refrigeration is the largest refrigeration sector trade event in Asia. It is the must attend / exhibit event for any U.S. exporter who is selling heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) into the Asian markets. U.S. exporters sold over $200 million into the Asian markets in 2011 and so far in 2012, sales continue to grow. China Refrigeration 2013 is hosted by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Beijing Sub-council, Chinese Association of Refrigeration and China Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Industry Association. The organizers represent the array of authorized professional organizations either in trade promotion or HVAC&R industry. China Refrigeration devotes every effort to establishing a quality platform for displaying, trading and networking marketplace for the industry all over Asia. For complete information about this event contact the following individual: Jeff Malley Events International Telephone: 203-801-0582 Facsimile: 203-801-0617 Email:

Kevin Haley, Trade Event Programs
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-6434
Yue Cao, Beijing
Senior Commercial Specialist
Phone: (86-10) 8531-4796
Scott Yao, Shanghai
Commercial Specialist
Phone: 011-(86-21) 6279-7630 ext. 8727
Elizabeth Shieh, Ho Chi Minh City
Principal Commercial Officer
Phone: 84-8-3520-4652
Andrew Billard, Jakarta
Commercial Officer
Phone: (62) 21-5262850 Ext 3003

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