“Placement services leader for architects, interior designers and building design professionals, since 1984. CFA is the only placement firm built from scratch by a published designer educated and experienced in architecture. Our search techniques utilize that enhanced insight, which is why job seekers and hiring firms choose our top-tier staffing services.”



Job Seekers

Whether you’re looking for a new challenge, higher compensation, a better use of your skill-set, growth potential, or a better work/life balance – our recruiters will present you with permanent and project-based opportunities at a firm of your choice.  If you are passively searching or currently in the job market CFA will help you find the perfect new job and career.


Hiring Firms

If you need talent to facilitate your firm’s expansion, or a designer on a project basis to meet critical production deadlines – our recruiters will present fully vetted candidates matching your design sensibilities – so you can spend your time on billable activities.


Autodesk Skills Assessments

We verify our candidate’s Autodesk knowledge in an office setting using our proprietary exams. Clients have made it clear to us: they’re more likely to choose candidates who are certified over those who are not. In fact 9 out of 10 employers require some form of CAD skills assessment before hiring.

Autodesk Skills Assessments are available to the public


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Career choices changed for the better in 1984. There was a time, not so long ago, in order to build their careers; most up-and-coming architects and interior designers 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.

Design 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, Inc. (CFA) and changed the industry’s hiring game forever. He offered talented architects and interior 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 design 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.

architecture staffing agenciesThings 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 interior 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 over 25% of private-sector hiring.

CFA is a true “market-maker,” with thousands of successful project-based 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.

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Placement leader for architects, interior designers and building design professionals since 1984.



“Placement options managed, so you can focus on billable activities. When completing projects on time and on budget is achieved by the slimmest of margins, hiring on a short-term basis has become the norm. Hiring on a full time basis remains the norm to grow a firm’s core staff.”



Many professionals desire an alternative to traditional placement options – especially if they feel pigeon-holed or want to fast-track their career.  Hiring on a project basis, or working as a project-based consultant, is the intelligent solution for both parties.

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As the demand for hiring a design professional has dramatically increased and firms are hiring employees in record numbers. Hiring firms often opt for a trial period before fully committing. At the same time, job seekers will choose to work on a trial basis before making a long-term commitment.



We develop permanent placement solutions and recruiting strategies specific to your company’s business and design objectives. Time. Energy. Money. If you’re weeding through stacks of resumes from job seekers who don’t meet your requirements, you’re spending too much of all three.

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First, make an architecture or interior-design independent contractor into an employee by formalizing the person’s work arrangement and paying him or her regular wages. The IRS and its interpretation of payment and work plays the most important role in deciding a person’s status. At our staffing firm for architects and designers converting a independent contractor

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Helping architects, interior designers and building design professionals, nationwide, since 1984.

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