You really don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows these days. Just look at the latest economic trends ... or your inquiries and billings ... or, and this hurts and scares us all, your employment status.
Remember in 1990 when the stupid joke was: "How do you call an architect in any city in the U.S.?"
Well, it's not a a very funny joke this time either. The AIA at all levels is trying to connect those persons with work to those without. One example is at the AIA Career Center.
And, so often times, it seems that the control is beyond one's own control. Take a look at the Associate Member blog and see what (few they are, but poignant nonetheless) viewpoints there are.
Anyone who has weathered five or more of these downturns knows that there is an upturn coming eventually, probably within a few hundred days. And, yet, this situation is unprecedented ... in so many ways.
Yikes (and, at the same time, as so many firm management consultants say: It is a cold cold wind indeed that blows no one any good).
Comments on both good wind and cold are much appreciated right now.
This is what the collective community of the AIA is all about. In fact, if you have a minute (or four) take a look at what President Marvin Malecha, FAIA, says about the extraordinary value of your professional education, knowledge, and wisdom during difficult times.