As we're constantly reminded in the media, the developed world markets are entering uncharted territory. The economic and credit crises are becoming painfully evident to those in the architecture industry. Commissions are getting canceled, talented architects are getting laid off, and the unemployed are finding it next to impossible to get work. The last few years have seen unprecedented growth in the architecture and construction markets, while architecture schools are about to graduate five times more students than in 1990 *. What will the future hold for an industry that relies on a relatively stable economy, and how will our industry support so many new eager professionals?
Some of our best architecture occurred during the Great Depression
Empire State Building, '31
Rockefeller Center, '31-'40
“Architects at some level are kind of the canaries in the mine. When development dries up, architects are probably the first people to know."
- Diane Georgopulos, president of the Boston Society of Architects *
"6 in 10 Americans think a new Great Depression is likely — but half of those people say they look forward to homeless people wearing fedoras again."
- Seth Meyers, SNL
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Paul Petrunia is the founder and director of Archinect, a (mostly) online publication/resource founded in 1997 to establish a more connected community of architects, students, designers and fans of the designed environment. Outside of managing his growing team of writers, editors, designers and ...