Out of the city's 20 largest firms, 12 added architects during 2010, while only four cut their staff of architects. Hiring has been across the board, from entry-level posts all the way up to the most experienced. — Marine Cole, Crain's New York Business
Paul Katz, of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, said his firm hired 9 new architects at its New York office raising the number at the start of 2009 of 154 to 163 in 2010-- primary factors have included the West Side's Hudson Yards and the redevelopment of Goldman Sachs' Embassy Suites. Perkins Eastman added an astounding 31 architects raising their 2009 figures of 127 to 158 in 2010-- crediting a resurgence of institutional projects spurring new growth despite lagging residential work. The Top 5 ranked firms in the Crain's list all are reported to have at least 100 licensed architects.
Mr. Perkins, of Perkins and Eastman, said to Crain's that his practice by necessity is becoming global with at least 30% of the firm's business coming from overseas.