*corbusier has written a monumental essay on how the last five years’ economic recession influenced architectural profession and the consequences we are facing now.
He is absolutely right in his observations and conclusions and the only one minor correction I’d dare to add is that Texas was not hit as hard as New York, despite what our perceived feverish level of urban construction and high-end towers rising around like mushrooms after a rain might imply. The stakes here are higher, competition – fiercer, and rate of churning in companies I know – speedier.
The word that jumps at me from corbusier’s page is obsolete…I am workaholic by nature, and this is the stuff my nightmares are made of:
who the losers are turns out to be obvious–those who like to produce the work line by line, extrusion by extrusion, who enjoy being directly engaged with the craft of bringing an idea to fruition. They are not inclined to be pure project managers, are not interested in spending countless hours meeting with clients, and are not savvy enough to manage office politics. Many of them are young, very capable, and idealistic about the world and therefore naïve, perfect fodder for spending many late nights for low pay to crank out dazzling design presentations. Some are older, often quiet and shy, who have really perfected a method for delivering quality work, and invested their free time learning new technical skills, but are always under the thumb of a bossy manager or a scatter-brained design lead. His salary creeps up slowly, and his marketability fades as he becomes too expensive for a firm to keep around, when there is so much fresh blood willing to take his place at half the cost.