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Recession & Recovery

The Architect’s Survival Guide
Preparing for that make-or-break job interview

Preparing for that make-or-break job interview
If you’re trying to get a job, and lucky enough to land an interview, these suggestions from recruiters and firm principals may help you make the most of the opportunity.

Illustration © A. Richard Allen

Recession Stories

Recession Stories
How are architects coping with the economic downturn? To help answer this question, we headed over to the AIA New York’s Center for Architecture on January 21 to attend a Not Business As Usual forum—one in a series of events geared toward helping architects in these troubled times. The workshop drew roughly 80 attendees. Here, we profile 15 of the people we interviewed, from firm owners to unemployed designers. We’ve included the resumes of those architects looking for work.

Photo © Danielle Austen/Architectural Record

Strategies for Unemployed Architects

Strategies for Unemployed Architects
Nobody is immune from getting laid off in this troubled economy. If you have lost your job, or fear losing it, the near future does not look promising. But there are strategies for ensuring your longevity in the profession. 

Photo © Danielle Austen/Architectural Record

Firms Adapt to Tough Times

Firms Adapt to Tough Times
From layoffs to reduced salaries, owners of architecture firms are using various tactics to keep their firms afloat.

Photo © David Albanese/Architectural Record

Land a Government Contract

Land a Government Contract
With government projects getting a boost through the economic stimulus package, firms with little to no experience in public sector work are eyeing opportunities to get in the game. But landing public contracts can be a challenge for the uninitiated without smart strategies.

Photo courtesy SmithGroup

Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment Insurance
Check out this quick guide to filing an unemployment claim. We also present a list of helpful Web resources.

Image courtesy NYS Department of Labor

Top 10 Resume Tips

Top 10 Resume Tips
Dana Byrne, manager of talent acquisition and professional development at RMJM, offers suggestions on how to make cover letters and resumes shine.

Photo © Danielle Austen/Architectural Record

Return to Academia

Return to Academia
Universities are seeing a spike in applications. Is now a good time to head back to school?

Photo © Paul Warchol/courtesy Architecture Research Office

Volunteer Roundup

Volunteer Roundup
While it won’t pay the bills, volunteering is a way to stay active in the profession. Here’s a list of opportunities that might be of interest to architects.

Photo © Steffan Hacker/courtesy Habitat for Humanity

Grant Opportunities

Grant Opportunities
With work drying up and layoffs sweeping the profession, now may be an ideal time to pursue a personal project. We present a roundup of various grant opportunities.

Photo © Victoria Sambunaris/courtesy MacDowell Colony

Start Your Own Studio?

Start Your Own Studio?
We talk to architects about the pros and cons of self-employment.

Photo courtesy Ginseng Chicken

 

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How has the economy affected you? To share your news about layoffs, projects, and other changes, send a message to: ar_news_editor@mcgraw-hill.com
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