This report [by David Giles with Cristina Maldonado] details the powerful economic impact of New York's architecture and design sectors. It shows that New York has far more designers than any other U.S. city, but concludes that far more could be done to harness the sector's growth potential. — David Giles - Center for an Urban Future
This report (available as a PDF via the link) by the non-profit public policy think tank Center for an Urban Future paints a rosy picture of the current state of design professions in NYC. While employment in architecture and related design professions may not be booming, it has been on the increase, as the Archinect job board attests. Even if some of the stats are debatable, the report's recommendations, particularly for the city to take an active role in promoting the design fields, are commendable.