On Bauer Business Focus – A conversation on innovation and design in developing countries with Ed Mayberry, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.
This summer, as citizens from every country flocked to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a separate gathering in South Africa was the center of attention for some of the world’s most influential people.
The 2010 Global Forum in Cape Town, South Africa hosted both Fortune 500 CEOs and heads of state to discuss emerging markets world-wide, a topic of interest for Arturo Chavez, principal of the Houston office of PageSoutherlandPage, an architectural and engineering firm.
“We are a Texas-based firm, but we have a long history of working on an international front,” says Chavez. “In the past years, we have been increasing our activity in Africa, and given that the Global Forum was centered on opportunities and challenges of working in Africa, we thought this was a great opportunity.”
PageSoutherlandPage’s activity in Africa ranges from government, to business, to healthcare and tourism. As a panelist at the conference, Chavez discussed design’s role in addressing some of the cultural and contextual challenges of development in the country.
“It varies from community. Whether you are working in Senegal or Ghana, the expectations are different.”
Chavez is a graduate of the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture where he was named to the Architecture Alumni Hall of Fame in 2000.
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