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Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 10, 2012 at 3:49 PM.
A combination of several factors, including scarce employment opportunities and attrition, are expected to cause a shortage of qualified designers in the U.S. by 2014, according to a recent survey by McGraw-Hill Construction, as reported in Architectural Record.
The survey of 1,007 U.S. designers found that nearly one-quarter of respondents anticipated a shortage of architects resulting from a combination of designers exiting the profession, baby boomers retiring, a lack of skills among architects looking for work and less talent in the pipeline as dim job prospects discourage students from entering the field. Firms both large (more than 50 employees) and small (less than 10) anticipated some level of shortage of designers, but nearly half of respondents from larger firms expect it to be severe.
A parallel survey of 448 American Institute of Architects (AIA) members revealed similar results, with 60% of professionals surveyed anticipating a loss of knowledge due to older architects retiring, and almost all thought the economy would make it difficult for architecture students to enter the field.
“Architecture firms need to think strategically,” said Harvey Bernstein, McGraw-Hill Construction vice president of industry insight and alliances. “Not only about how to draw talented professionals to their firms, but also about how they will attract more architects to the profession.”