Architects #1 in Something!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Unfortunately not a good thing. According to MSNBC (and via Curbed LA), architects saw the most job losses of any profession in 2009. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job losses in the profession jumped 17.8 percent, bringing the total number of employed architects to 189,000 in the first three quarters of 2009, compared to 230,000 in the same period a year earlier. The good news: The BLS predicts a 10% jump in architecture jobs by 2018. But can we make it till then? The list, by the way, was rounded out by the following big job losers: carpenters, production supervisors/assembly workers, pilots, computer software engineers, mechanical engineers, construction workers, tellers, and bookkeepers.

10 Responses to “Architects #1 in Something!”

  1. Caleb Crawford says:

    While the entire media world focused on the disappearing money from the sub-prime fallout, no one was making an assessment of the deep impact of architecture and construction on the overall economy. The production of building materials is one of the few remaining manufacturing industries in the US. Design and construction is one of the few primarily small business activities that probably accounts for half the economy. If Mazria is correct and buildings use 50% of the energy in this country, it isn’t hard to imagine what that impact is with dollars. We bail out the car industry, yet developers can’t get money to pursue further projects. This is my 4th market crash and the ugliest so far.

  2. Bill says:


    Yes good thought! But the economy could have been worse…

  3. […] and the same’s 80 South Street.  But why dwell on these projects?  Architects certainly need no reminding of how bad things are or recently were.  So why not take a look at a few buildings that were […]

  4. John Hrivnak, AIA, MBA, NCARB, LEED AP says:

    Hey architect – wake up! We all need to take serious authentic action toward changing laws to require that “if it needs a permit, it needs a stamp”. Immediate huge demand for our services, full employment, higher fees. It will take all of us and the AIA and ALA. Offering to lead the charge. On board?

  5. […] to Great” is in our current challenging business climate.  With the profession experiencing the single highest unemployment rate, and good firms closing their doors forever, there is an army of eager talent out there waiting for […]

  6. Architect says:

    Good Post! Very informative, glad that you are going to continue writing things like this!


  7. Arch for 20+ yrs says:

    During the Great Depression, some very nice government buildings were built. Even park pavillions that were ‘architectural’. How ’bout a few of those projects? Or at least infrastructure projects. America’s infrastructure is falling apart! I think it is one of the visible signs of how mis-managed this country has been for the last 50 yrs.

  8. Arch for 20+ yrs says:

    From reading many blogs on different websites, I think all the unemployed architects should start managing the government. We have a lot of thinkers out there who are not be utilized to even 25% of their ablities. Maybe, at this point in time, we need all of us architects in politics!

  9. brian says:

    John Hrivnak, AIA, MBA, NCARB, LEED AP

    wow… what are you hiding behind with all those letters after your name.
    come on!

  10. Ibrahim says:

    If your interested in architecture, pursue it. I am a student in architecture at a community college and I found a great job after searching for 2 months. Get involved with AIA, American institute of architects, and pursue your dream. It’s a great field. And your work WILL pay off.

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