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Architecture firms in high demand despite slow economy

on Tuesday,October 26,2010 20:10

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The recession hit a number of industries hard, but architecture firms are finally beginning to see their business rebound, despite the sluggish economy. A recent survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) found that more than half of architecture firms have reported a steady profit or slight increase for the third quarter.

Approximately 65 percent of respondents reported steady or above billable hours as well. The survey discovered that in four out of the past five quarters, architects have received average or above amounts of work, compared to other industries that are still seeing a slump in demand. Almost 70 percent of architecture firms saw steady inquiries for new projects.

"We continue to see incremental signs of improvement, like work from projects originally put on hold due to the recession," said Nancy Somerville, ASLA executive vice president and chief executive officer. "However, firms face significant hurdles due to lack of project financing and heavy competition for a still small new business pool."

Only 14 percent of architecture firms plan to hire in the upcoming quarter, however, architect jobs are expected to grow by 16 percent within the next eight years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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