After two years of the recession, economists are predicting that this year we will see a turn-around. There are signs of hope in architecture as many projects that were put on hold are being revisited; new commissions are being won (outside of the government sector, too!); and firms are actually hiring again. While most of the action, as I have witnessed, is happening at the medium-to-large-sized firms, there is a revived sense of optimism in the profession.
As firms begin to get their feet on solid ground, and with so many unemployed professionals vying for open positions, the key to success will be finding and keeping the best staff for each project. Mentorship is one of the most important factors for individuals to make connections at all levels. Whether it is an emerging designer looking for guidance or help with his/her portfolio, or a firm principal trying to find the best prospect for a project, it is our responsibility as design professionals to do what we can to give back to the community to see it thrive.
AIANY is doing its part in several ways by continuing its “Not Business As Usual” luncheons, and hosting courses in current software and training sessions for the ARE exam. Building on the success of the Women in Architecture Committee’s Speed Mentoring program, the committee has joined forces with the Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) and the Professional Practice Committees to bring the Chapter’s first co-ed Speed Mentoring program. Held on 01.10.11, the event will hopefully be the first of many similar events that link the generations and encourage growth in the profession.