Despite a rebound in the Architectural Billings Index, architects still struggle to get work, saying that their business is nowhere near where it was prior to 2007.
The projects available are mostly in education and public works, say architects, as there is no new money elsewhere.
The national average for April’s Architectural Billings Index ascended to 48.4, but regional billings for the West Coast declined from 45.6 in March to 44.7 in April. Any score below 50 indicates a decrease in demand for architecture services...
According to Sallee Humphrey, principal at DECA Inc., unemployment among architects is still very high. The 10-person firm this year has found some storefront projects and some higher-education public projects. But there are not enough funded projects to sustain all of the architectural firms in Portland, Humphrey said.
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