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    Benefits of Working in Architecture on a Project Basis

    David C. McFadden
    Oct 10, '22 12:59 PM EST

    There are always peaks and valleys in the work of an architectural firm. Sometimes we work on multiple projects at different phases. Other times we are focused on a single project. Design Development and Construction Documents phases can be exceptionally hectic, with deadlines looming.

    There are many reasons to pursue a career as an architect on a project basis. Perhaps you are looking for a way to accelerate your career growth, or you want to avoid pigeonholing into one particular type of architecture. Either way, working on back-to-back projects at different firms can give you the necessary experience to be more marketable than your peer group.

    Most architects begin their careers working at one firm for several years. However, there are many benefits to pursuing a career as an architect on a temporary or project basis. Here are just a few:

    1. You will gain experience working on a variety of different types of projects.

    2. You will have the opportunity to work at different firms, each with a unique culture and approach to architecture.

    3. You will be able to build a network of contacts across the industry.

    4. You will develop a more marketable portfolio because of your diverse experience.

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    After working at various design practices on a full-time and freelance basis and starting his design firm, David McFadden saw a gap to fill in the industry. In 1984, he created an expansive hub for architects and hiring firms to sync up, complete projects, and mutually benefit. That hub was Consulting For Architects Inc., which enabled architects to find meaningful design work while freeing hiring firms from tedious hiring-firing cycles. This departure from the traditional, more rigid style of employer-employee relations was just what the industry needed – flexibility and adaption to current work circumstances. David has successfully advised his clients and staff through the trials and tribulations of four recessions – the early ’80s, the early ’90s, the early 2000s, the Great Recession of 2007, and the Pandemic.


    • Non Sequitur

      Terrible advertisement.  You really want to jump around as temporary muscle only to be dismissed at "project" end?  Sounds like a very bad way to start a career, gain meaningful experience and job security.  A good office does not need to result to cheesy recruiters or similar services to attract quality staff.  This CFA jive is just a way for large office to churn out production staff on a need-be basis.  Not the way to go.    

      Oct 19, 22 8:19 am  · 

      I agree with N.S. While there are benefits for this in situations of transitioning from conventional employment to independent contracting business arrangement like starting a firm. This is not what I would call good for those starting out. You can and you can learn a lot but it can be difficult and you can be ripe for failure. It can be a fair option for employers to have trial period by initially hiring on a project duration and then they decide to hire for continued employment but the ones that do, don't necessarily use cheesy recruiting firms. I think the goal is to retain the additional staff in the long-term growth but circumstances may not always able to retain all the additional staff when some of the influx of work wanes as those projects completes. It is handy for some to use contract employment for a project duration between longer term regular employment to keep busy so there is a benefit there. However, I, for one, would rather consider directly discussing these types of things with actual architectural firms than through some recruiter.

      Oct 23, 22 10:41 pm  · 

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