Is there a future for the architectural profession?
There are fewer jobs in the field than there were a decade ago. Total construction dollars have still not rebounded since the market peak, even with a 10 percent bump in the last two years. Less building equals less need for architectural services. Although the U.S. Labor Department predicts that architectural unemployment will be seven percent in 2024, the most recently cited figure was 13.9 percent.
But the greater truth is that the profession of architecture is at a breakpoint far beyond the microeconomic realities of the Great Recession.
Architects can see the writing on the wall: 3D printing, Revit and each successive AutoCad release. When training ignores new realities, the future is completely unknowable. Will we all have abacus training? Learn how to write code?
Join me on the latest “Design Czar” as I try to figure it out. To listen, click on or download the audio above, or subscribe to WNHH’s new “WNHH Arts Mix” podcast on Soundcloud or iTunes. A longer version of this piece appeared on the publication Common Edge.