Archinect - Consulting For Architects, Inc. Hiring Trends. 2021-10-17T00:14:06-04:00 Feeling Glum in Your Current Architect or Design Job? Here's How to Beat the Blues, Stop Working Overtime, and Earn a Decent Salary David C. McFadden 2020-02-05T17:06:00-05:00 >2020-07-01T10:46:04-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>An architect job can take a lot out of us when we aren&rsquo;t earning what we want.&nbsp;</p> <p>Most architects would agree, the hours are long and sometimes the compensation doesn&rsquo;t meet par. That doesn&rsquo;t mean that we can&rsquo;t find ways to get more from our architect career.&nbsp; </p> <p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau of Labor Statistics</a> states that the architect salary for 2019 averaged around $79,380 per year and pays approximately $38.16 per hour. While the highest-paid architect might make much more per year than the average, most architects may feel pressured to reach this standard within their current job.&nbsp; </p> <p>There are several reasons we may miss the mark. Before we go further into it, let&rsquo;s take a look at why an architect job can become so demanding.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p><strong>Why Do Architect Jobs Require So Much Time?</strong>&nbsp; </p> <p>Since much of their time is spent working long hours on a high-priority project for their employer, architects' schedules become arduous and taxing.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>Architects can quickly become absorbed into their work and lose...</p> Too Many Options? How to Decide Between Multiple Architect Positions the Professional Way David C. McFadden 2019-04-16T22:13:53-04:00 >2019-11-13T13:01:04-05:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Whether you are in architecture or another industry, workers today are finding advantages to switching jobs periodically rather than remaining with the same company over a lifetime. From bigger paychecks to higher positions, the benefits of mobility cannot be understated. However, the way you move from one job to another speaks volumes about your professionalism as well as your capacity for working well with others. Consider these five tips to help you change architect positions without burning bridges.</p> <p><strong>The Time Factor</strong></p> <p>Giving notice is usually the first step toward moving up and on. However, how you handle your notice will make a significant impact on how your current employer views you once you are gone. While two weeks is the general rule for resignations, you may need to give time depending on your specific situation. The primary goal is to make the transition from you to your replacement as smooth as possible without sticking around long enough to make people feel awkward. When ...</p> The Female Architects—Surviving the Journey to the Top David C. McFadden 2019-04-04T17:54:21-04:00 >2020-08-19T13:01:04-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winner of the Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award 2014, Julia King talks about her work in both the UK and India</a><br></p><figcaption><br></figcaption>While women have forged a path in many male-dominated industries today, challenges still face female architects. As women are slowly moving into relevant positions and even leadership roles, there is still plenty of work to be done. Fortunately, awareness of inequality has been the first step in the creation of organizations and movements to support women passionate about the field. In addition, some outspoken architects are bringing the issue into focus, increasing awareness and encouraging women interested in studying architecture to pursue the profession as a legitimate career path.</figure><p><strong>Female Architects by the Numbers</strong></p> <p>While statistics offer hope that the presence of female architects are on the rise, the numbers also show there is more work to be done. According to a 2018 report in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artsy</a>, women comprise approximately half of the students in architecture schools today...</p> The 3 Best Cities for Architecture Careers David C. McFadden 2018-07-16T17:52:02-04:00 >2020-10-11T16:38:46-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Successful architecture careers don&rsquo;t happen by accident. Just like well-designed buildings, they&rsquo;re the result of careful planning.</p> <p>While there are countless metrics you can consider when going about this planning, one of the most important is the city within which you&rsquo;ll work.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;ve put together a list of the three best cities in the country for professionals who are serious about pursuing successful architecture careers.</p> <p>We based this list on the all-important factor of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">salary</a>&nbsp;but also on other unique traits worth considering.</p> <p><strong>1. Atlanta, Georgia</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Georgia is one of the best states for architects</a>, so it should come as no surprise that many point to its capital as the best city for this profession.</p> <p>Even though Atlanta is home to countless high-paying careers,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architects are among the top 50 best-paid</a>. Architectural managers even crack the top 20, alongside lawyers, several doctors, and even physicists.</p> <p>Of course, Atlanta also has an impressive history of hosting&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">incredibl...</a></p> Are you Hiring Top Talent, or is your Competitor? David C. McFadden 2018-06-27T16:48:00-04:00 >2019-05-28T16:01:43-04:00 <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>When I read an article titled &ldquo;People are &lsquo;ghosting&rsquo; at work, and it's driving companies crazy&rdquo; by Chip Cutter, LinkedIn Editor at Large, I flipped out because it is so true and it should be an eye-opener to hiring firms. I have added my own pointers as well.<br></p> <p>Gone are the days where architects are waiting around for a phone call from a potential employer. In fact, it is the opposite. Candidates receive two, sometimes three offers of employment in a week&rsquo;s time.</p> <p>Excerpts from Chip's article below:</p> <p>Where once it was companies ignoring job applicants or snubbing candidates after interviews, the world has flipped. Candidates agree to job interviews and fail to show up, never saying more. Some accept jobs, only to not appear for the first day of work, no reason given, of course. Instead of formally quitting, enduring a potentially awkward conversation with a manager, some employees leave and never return. Bosses realize they&rsquo;ve quit only after a series of unsuccessful attempts to reach t...</p> How to Make the Most of Entry-Level Architecture Jobs David C. McFadden 2018-06-25T18:14:00-04:00 >2020-03-09T10:16:04-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>No matter what you hope your destination will be, if you want to make a career out of architecture, it&rsquo;s going to start with an entry-level job. </p> <p>While that may not seem <em>quite</em> as exciting as your long-term goal, entry-level architecture jobs have a lot of potential if you know exactly how to approach them. </p> <p><strong>4 Ways to Make the Most Out of Entry-Level Architecture Jobs</strong> </p> <p>Finding out you&rsquo;ve been hired for your first architecture job is an absolutely incredible feeling. </p> <p>However, don&rsquo;t forget about the following four ways people have successfully taken full advantage of their entry level-architecture jobs, so you can make the most of this opportunity. </p> <p><strong>1. Consider the City the Job Is In</strong></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re still applying for jobs, be sure to consider which city those jobs are in. Ideally, you want it to be <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a great city for architects</a>, so you&rsquo;ll be surrounded by opportunities. </p> <p>That said, no matter where it is, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brush up on your networking skills</a>. This will help you on the job (more on th...</p> The 4 Best Architecture Related Careers for New Graduates David C. McFadden 2018-06-12T22:05:00-04:00 >2020-05-16T16:46:04-04:00 <p></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Congratulations on your recent graduation. </p> <p>It probably feels pretty amazing to have that degree. </p> <p>Of course, the longer you go without using it, the more that degree is going to become an irritating reminder. So, let&rsquo;s look at four of the best architecture careers you can start pursuing <em>right away</em>. </p> <p><strong>The 4 Best Architecture Related Careers to Get Started in </strong><em><strong>Right Now</strong></em></p> <p>The field of architecture is at least as broad as it is old. As such, it&rsquo;s probably fair to say that there are countless architecture careers out there for you to consider. </p> <p>However, the following four fields will give you plenty of diverse options beyond the traditional versions. Best of all, each features plenty of job openings throughout the country. </p> <p><strong>1. Landscape Architect</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Landscape architects</a> are responsible for planning and creating landscapes, which can include manmade features, as well. Oftentimes, landscape architects need to collaborate with others, so that their creations complement buildings that...</p> Hiring millennial architects & designers & what is important to them David C. McFadden 2016-04-25T18:13:00-04:00 >2018-06-28T17:01:15-04:00 <p><img src=""></p> <p>Baby boomers are retiring in record numbers, and their millennial replacements are very different in terms of personal characteristics, as well as job and workplace expectations. Millennials, aged 18 to 34 years old, already makeup more than one-third of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">workforce</a>. By 2025, they will account for close to 75 percent. Architecture firms are now in an intense competition to attract and retain qualified millennial professionals. Understanding the millennial perspective and developing a suitable workplace environment are imperatives for business sustainability.</p> <p><strong>Characteristics of Millennials</strong></p> <p>Millennials are one of the most analyzed generations because of their complexity. They are the first generation of digital natives, and technology has enormously influenced their expectations. For example, they are driven by a need for social connectedness and have integrated technology deeply into their personal lives. As such, they now expect the same in their work lives. CISCO calls it the "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">n...</a></p> How to transform independent contractors into employees David C. McFadden 2016-04-05T13:19:00-04:00 >2018-06-28T17:01:54-04:00 <p><img src=""></p> <p>First, make an architecture or interior-design independent contractor into an employee by formalizing the person&rsquo;s work arrangement and paying him or her regular wages. The IRS and its interpretation of payment and work plays the most important role in deciding a person&rsquo;s status. At our staffing firm for architects and designers converting a independent contractor to a full-time employee is a third of our business.</p> <p><strong>Characteristics of an independent contractor</strong></p> <p>The IRS views an&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">independent contractor</a>&nbsp;as a person who works apart from the firm, and the rules governing them are not extremely clear cut. This wide room for interpretation has led to disputes in a number of workplaces. Fortunately, the status of an independent contractor is not as ambiguous as that of intern architect or draftsman.</p> <p>By definition, an independent contractor is a person who has a significant amount of control over his or her work, achieves goals independently from the firm, doesn't need to adhere to all the fi...</p> Millennials in the architecture workplace David C. McFadden 2015-12-30T15:57:24-05:00 >2016-01-11T10:20:51-05:00 <p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Consulting For Architects, Inc.</strong> is gathering editorial information from our architecture and design colleagues between the ages of 18 to 35. Your comments will be considered and may be quoted in our 2016 white paper: Hiring Trends &ndash;Millennials in the architecture workplace</p><p>Existing research on <strong>Millennials,</strong>&nbsp;by others claim:</p><ul><li>Seem to have&nbsp;shorter attention spans than Gen X or Boomers</li><li>Tend to learn as much as they can, as quickly as they can, and then move on</li><li>Trending towards smaller firms</li><li>Seek firms compatible with their world view</li></ul><p>Do you agree, disagree, or hold a different opinion? Can you identify what factors would influence your job hunting strategy?&nbsp;</p><p>We look forward to your comments.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">You may also be interested in ranking the top 6 reasons millennials change firms by clicking on our survey.</a></p><p>Thank you for your time.</p> Happy Architects David C. McFadden 2015-05-29T14:57:08-04:00 >2015-05-31T21:01:07-04:00 <p><strong><img alt="" src="">Happy architects? Today, we are. </strong></p><p>Architecture &amp; Interior Design Careers &ndash; Why are we happy architects today? This is the best time to consider a career move in the last 30-years. Firms are exploding with projects and cannot fill their opening positions. Everyone is competing for people from the same talent pool. Engineers are in even higher demand. Happy Friday, happy architects!</p> Employers Ask: “Where Are The Qualified Architects?” They All Got Jobs. David C. McFadden 2015-02-02T15:54:46-05:00 >2020-01-23T10:31:04-05:00 <p><img src=""></p> <p><strong>6 Crucial Ways to Repopulate Your Workforce</strong></p> <p><strong>Introduction</strong><br>Unemployment rates are still uncomfortably high across the nation, there is a misperception that architectural talent must be plentiful, but for specific experience, the exact opposite is true. The shortage is so acute that it has been associated with a rise in offshoring, a bidding war and comparisons to college recruiting. To secure the architecture talent they need, hiring managers must adopt a competitive hiring strategy or lose to someone who does.</p> <p>Architects had to get even more creative after the economic recession that began around December 2007. The built-in versatility from their studies in areas such as civil engineering, math, art history, and physics positioned them well for thinking outside the box. Jumping ahead seven years, the demand for architectural talent in the wake of the recession has re-stabilized, but talent availability lags behind. No hiring firm could have possibly predicted this rapid shift. To rem...</p>