As the country slips through the current downturn, thoughts turn to the worst. "What if I get laid off?"
That happened so much in the early 1990s that many architects left the profession altogether. (The joke at the time was "How do you call an architect in New York City? Yell: 'Taxi!'") And, even today, the effect of that several-year void of professional advancement is being felt in the form of a shortage of (by now) senior project directors.
In a recent Web seminar, a question came up as to whether a panelist could remember any happy endings to the spate of layoffs from that era. On the spur of the moment, he could not. But, subsequent to the seminar, I received this note from someone who did:
"I think the most successful person from my architecture class rebounded after losing his firm in the last big downturn. He went to work for a trash hauling company and now owns it. The last design he did was for his $2 million vacation home."
Hopefully, you can think of something a bit more inspirational.