Letter to the Editor> Brain Drain

Letter to the Editor, West
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
"The Groove," Bangkok, Synthesis Design + Architecture. (Courtesy SDA)

“The Groove,” Bangkok, Synthesis Design + Architecture. (Courtesy SDA)

[ Editor’s Note: The following are reader-submitted responses in reference to Sam Lubell’s editorial “Export Issues” (AN10_11.27.2013_West), in which Lubell argued that the U.S. is experiencing an architectural “brain drain” with all of the best talent and the best projects now going to Asia. Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com]

This is one of the most poorly reasoned pieces I’ve ever read. When opportunities arise these firms will once again design for the U.S. in a snap. But in the meantime they are prospering, keeping their U.S. workers employed, and in essence “exporting” an American product—nothing wrong with any of that.

If Washington would address its ongoing refusal to invest in infrastructure and do something about our shrinking middle class, for once, “trickle-down” would work to keep more U.S. architects working on U.S. designs.

Frank Potash
Robert A.M. Stern Architects

I couldn’t agree with this more. Thanks for calling the U.S. out on this important issue.

Joni Whitworth
Mint + Mirth

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