CFA is the only architectural placement firm owned and operated by a published designer educated and experienced in architecture. We provide enhanced insight, which is why leading professionals choose our top-tier services.

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Whether you’re looking for a new challenge, interested in a flexible work environment, or passively searching for another job that maximizes your unique skills, the recruiters at CFA will help…



Need an architect on a permanent or project basis who will meet deadlines during critical production times? How about a project manager to reduce bottlenecks? Or a CAD expert to develop CD’s..?



We certify our candidates’ CAD skills. Our software assessment application, known as CFAeX Knowledge Assessment Tool© is a cutting edge, flexible and fully scalable user skills assessment tool…

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There was a time, not so long ago, in order to build their careers; most up-and-coming architects had to remain anchored to one desk, at one firm performing rote tasks. Only a very lucky few were given the opportunity to do actual design work.

Architecture firms were stuck in a hiring-and-firing cycle. They were rendering themselves rigid and inefficient in dealing with the natural ebb and flow of work.

Along came a young designer, who was convinced there had to be a better path. In 1984, he founded Consulting for Architects and changed the industry’s staffing game forever. He offered talented architects and design professionals a promising new option: 

instead of making a long-term full-time commitment to “paying their dues” at a single employer, they could gather under the CFA banner and offer their services to a multitude of firms. As those firms began to reap the benefits of adopting CFA’s non-permanent hiring strategies, they began to offer more project-based opportunities.

may be about usThings snowballed from there: within less than a decade of pioneering the concepts of “flex hiring,” “full-time freelancing” and “project consulting,” CFA was firmly established as the industry’s most trusted, go-to source for architecture and design talent.

Other staffing businesses jumped into the game, but none could match CFA’s innate expertise and experience within the profession.

Today, project consulting has become the norm. Contingent workers have been a growing segment of the labor force since the recovery began in 2010. They account for 26.2% of private-sector hiring.

CFA is a true “market-maker,” with thousands of successful project and permanent placements, and all thanks to its esteemed clients. Clients comprised of hundreds of working professionals and firms on both sides of the hiring equation.

CFA Consultants—Who Are We?

Architects. Interior Designers. CAD Experts.


CFA has three hiring models that offer firms the flexibility needed to achieve their design goals on time and on budget. When a competitive edge can only be achieved by the slimmest of margins, intelligent HR management is essential.
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Many architectural professionals desire an alternative to traditional employment–especially if they feel pigeon-holed or want a more flexible schedule. CFA’s Project Placement offers you that alternative…

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Have you ever had “buyer’s remorse” after accepting a full-time position or jumping at the first offer to come along?  You’re not alone: Many architects choose to work on a trial basis before making a long-term commitment…

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When it’s time to find a new firm and further your career and financial status, CFA has a number of exciting full-time opportunities to consider. Your new title and responsibilities are as important as the firm you choose and its culture…

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Blog Posts

55 reasons to be self-employed

Hiring trends

Taken by a poll of its readers, this list of reasons to be self-employed is the most thought out I have seen.  It was written by By: Jennifer Good for The Self-Employed Website. Being self-employed is one of the truest forms of freedom. In fact, when we polled TSE readers, flexibility and freedom were the number one responses

In the spirit of the Olympics

Architecture Criticism

New York City architecture in 2013:  The great and the not-so-great In the spirit of the Olympics, here are our three favorite projects from 2013 — plus one that didn’t stick the landing. A toast to 4 World Trade Center, Sunset Park’s new recycling center and Walker Tower, plus a hard look at Prospect Park’s new

6 Myths About Freelancing

Freelance Community

Author: Lindsay Van Thoen December 20, 2013; for the Freelancers Union What happens when you tell someone you’re a freelancer? In my experience, you’ll probably get some version of the following: 1. “I wish I could work in pajamas and sleep in every day!” There may be some freelancers who don’t have to leave their

Pinterest and architecture, really? really.

Social Media

I have been having a lot of fun lately with Pinterest, a social bookmarking site where users collect and share photos of their favorite events, interests and promote their companies and services.  I know many architect and design colleagues use Pinterest for these purposes and more, but wondered if you do too? Follow CFA on Pinterest! Pinterest

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Consulting For Architects, Inc.

New York
236 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY, 10001

800.723.8882 Toll Free NY
212.532.4360 Office (List of direct extensions)
212.696.9128 Facsimile

Los Angeles
1702 Lincoln Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103

888.909.1224 Toll Free LA
213.213.5495 Office (List of direct extensions)

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When submitting your credentials to our recruiters, please include the following: 1. Your resume and project list; 2. A complete electronic portfolio, professional and academic (if available), with at least three projects you designed, including hand sketches, CD’s and photos; 3. Three professional references, with email addresses; 4. Your hourly or full-time salary requirements; 5. CAD skills Certification – Although we do not require you to participate, we strongly recommend certification.  Many firms choose a CFA Certified CAD professional over non-CFA Certified CAD professionals.

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