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“Get lean fast! I think firms don’t understand how quickly money runs out. It doesn’t mean not doing any project PR, but it does mean really curtailing expenses. One of the things that keeps you from not having enough work is being in more than one market. There are still things going on—public work, planning, low-income housing. [The downturn has] been so abrupt, at least in California: it felt like the bottom fell out in about five seconds. Contractors ran out of work immediately. That makes me think people are not only not commissioning new work but canceling work already commissioned. It’s hard to tell how bad things are going to get.”
—Anne Fougeron, AIA, Fougeron Architecture, San Francisco




Advice to graduating architects from Andres Duany, a founder of Arquitectonica and one of the key persons in the New Urbanism movement:

“There’s a large number of places in the United States small towns—that are radically underserved by designers. If I were graduating from school now, I would get in a car with an itinerant team of people who know a complementary set of skills and go to a county in Alabama or Nebraska. I would go to the planning department and ask who the progressive mayors are and say, What can we offer in design services? Sketch a fire station, or a housing development, and then go and get grants. Like small-town doctors, they could become small-town architects, circuit-riding designers. It would be like traveling bards in the Middle Ages. There are interiors of restaurants in New York City that receive more design services than entire counties in the suburbs.”
—Andrés Duany, FAIA, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co., Miami

“When will things get better? Or will they—heaven forbid—get worse? This may not be an official financial depression yet, but it feels like a far-reaching emotional one. And for creative professionals, who need a certain lightness of heart to tap into the deepest veins of inspiration, this state is downright debilitating.”    –  Editorial from current (March 09) issue of Residential Architect magazine.

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