Architecture & Design Trade Missions: Brazil & Cape Town

Mission Design has received Federal Government funding for a trade mission to Brazil in March.

They are also accepting a call for interest for a similar mission to Cape Town in February.

Brazilian Boom

Architecture + Design Trade Mission in the Land of Samba, Oscar Niemeyer and Soaring Economic Growth
March 2014

Mission Design and its partners, with the support of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, invite architects, designers and planners from across Canada to participate in a Canadian trade delegation visiting Brazil from March 15th to 25th, 2014.

A Rich History and a Bright Future

Arguably the most advanced Latin American country when it comes to architecture and urban planning, Brazil boasts two Pritzker Prize winners (Niemeyer in 1988 and Paulo Mendes da Rocha in 2006) and a built legacy that that few can parallel, Brazil has experienced phenomenal growth in the last decade as one of the BRIC countries. Brazilian architects and designers are very present on the world stage, appearing on the blogs and in international competitions like the World Architecture Festival. The recent prosperity of this country has also contributed to top international architects coming to Brazil to build, from Alvaro Siza’s Ibere Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Christian de Portzamparc’s Cidade Das Artes in Rio. Projects are currently underway by Richard Meier (Rio, 2014), Santiago Calatrava (Rio, 2016) and Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Rio) and let’s not forget local darlings Marcio Kogan and Isay Weinfeld who are transforming the country through their own brand of tropical modernism.

Business Development, Structured and Personalized

Mission Design is once again partnering with Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada to offer a trade mission for Canadian architects, designers and planners in this market. An opportunity to create economic and professional links with Brazilian companies, through a program that includes: technical /site visits, studio visits, networking opportunities within the design sector and personalized one-on-one meetings.

The Trade Mission


Program is open to Canadian architects, landscape architects and planners, as well as industrial graphic and interior designers.

Areas of interest:

Infrastructure (Urban Planning, City planning, Commercial Architecture, Master Planning)


Commercial Real Estate and Shopping Malls



When?  March 15th to 25th 2014


Track 1// Architects: Sao Paulo, Rio, and Recife

Rio is the site of the 2016 Olympic Games for which a variety of infrastructure and public development projects are underway. Growth for the region of Recife is so impressive that the state of Pernambuco is investing $20 billion over the next 10 years to build 14 planned cities. One such city is Cidade da Copa, which is one of Latin America’s first “smart cities” and the center of Recife’s World Cup action.

Track 2// Industrial, graphic and interior designers: São Paulo, Rio, and Curitiba

In addition to Brazil’s two primary cities, Curitiba is the green capital of the region and one of the most important cultural, business and design spots in Brazil; a city well known for its sustainable policies and innovative public transport system.

In addition to Brazil’s two primary cities, Curitiba is the green capital of the region and one of the most important cultural, business and design spots in Brazil; a city well known for its sustainable policies and innovative public transport system.

Benefits of Participating

Participants will benefit from the credibility of being part of an official Canadian trade mission, with the support of a Mission Design advisor, the Canadian Trade Office in São Paulo and Mission Design’s extensive web of international partners for suggestions and personal introductions within their defined targets, as well as logistic support on-site.

Mission package includes:

- Hotel, Airfare to and from Brazil as well as internal travel by air

- Logistical arrangement

- Support for meeting preparation

- Networking events: receptions in 3 cities

- Knowledge-sharing event (Pecha Kucha or seminar)

- Web Expo featuring participants' work

- Promotional material: printed booklet

Schedule  – 10-day program

Departure Canada March 14th  (Friday evening)

Arrival Sao Paulo (Saturday Morning)

Weekend// 2 Days of acclimatisation

on-site team meet-and-greet, cultural briefing, city visits , mission briefing

Mon – Wed: scheduled meetings São Paulo

Thurs – Fri: scheduled meetings Rio

Mon-Tues: scheduled meetings Recife / Curitiba

Return Canada (Wednesday, March 26th, AM)


Deadline for Application: January 25th, 2014


For more information on pricing and program, please contact Ana Masut:
Tel: (514) 439-1691 x.223

In partnership with:

The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC)

Association of Canadian Industrial Designers (ACID)

Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD)

Interior Designers of Canada (IDC)

Call for Interest:  Cape Town, South Africa

We have the opportunity to offer a Design + Architecture Trade Mission to Cape Town (South Africa) in late February 2014. Before going further, Mission Design would like to ascertain the interest of Canadian architects and / or designers for this project. If there is sufficient interest in this project, we will proceed.
Why Cape Town?
Cape Town is World Design Capital in 2014: this is a great opportunity to discover the South African market and create links with the international design industry. The mission dates would coincide with Design Indaba (expo and conference series running February 26th to March 2nd).

February 22nd to March 2nd, 2014.
The cost per person will range between $ 6000 and $ 8000  (including flights, accommodation, entry to Design Indaba, meeting planning, support and accompaniment on-site as well as promotional tools, receptions and networking activities planning).
For more information please contact Ana Masut:
Tel: (514) 439-1691 x.223