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Architects: Have you been laid-off or furloughed?

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Architects: Have you been laid-off or furloughed?

| COVID-19 Update | April 23, 2020

Looking for your next opportunity?

Every day our firm has been fielding calls and emails about whether or not architecture firms will be re-hiring out-of-work employees after the COVID-19 Pandemic. The honest answer is: right now, nobody knows. What we do know is that when the opportunities come back to the market, you should be ready to strike. That’s why we are placing a high priority on building our database of candidates, so we can move quickly to find you a new position if your current firm – through no fault of their own — is having difficulties. Never in our history has there been a pandemic like this that has shut down the economy to such an extent. And it’s disproportionately affecting the construction sector and related businesses.

At CFA we’ve been helping architects make their next career move since 1984. Contact us in confidence for an interview, portfolio review, resume suggestions, and a discussion about your long-term career goals

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After working at various design practices on a full-time and freelance basis, and starting his own design firm, David McFadden saw that there was a gap to be filled in the industry. In 1984, he created an expansive hub for architects and hiring firms to sync up, complete projects, and mutually benefit. That hub was Consulting For Architects Inc., which enabled architects to find meaningful design work, while freeing hiring firms from tedious hiring-firing cycles. This departure from the traditional, more rigid style of employer-employee relations was just what the industry needed - flexibility and adaption to modern work circumstances. David has successfully advised his clients through the trials and tribulations of four recessions – the early 80’s, the early 90’s, the early 2000’s, and the Great Recession of 2007.

3 Responses to "Architects: Have you been laid-off or furloughed?"
  • Juan Blanco May 6, 2020

    Good to see you are preparing for a landing. Kudos to you.

  • Jim Maxwell May 11, 2020

    I received my masters degree from Virginia Tech and was an intern architect in ’81 and have been practicing since . . . until ’07 downturn in California. Even with a great resumé I am having difficulty even getting responses from firms due to my age, 65. I have been working contract since ’91 and consequently do not have my own firm, but I bring a lot to the table! Can you offer any ideas as to how to change this?

    • David McFadden May 23, 2020

      Hi Jim, This is a very difficult situation you find yourself in. My hands-on experience has convinced me that after the recession and firms began to rehire they targeted people with 5-15 years post-graduation – With a big focus on Revit skills. Presently I do not have a silver bullet for you. Other than to say that you can practice architecture for many more years and maybe you can find some clients.

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