Architecture staffing could soon pick up if the current trend in landscape architecture keeps up, in which many are flocking to the field to design their dream parks, office buildings and cityscapes.
According to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Andrew Spencer, a landscape architect with BME Associates, said he was drawn to the career at an early age, and now enjoys seeing his work around town.
"My parents instilled in me, at a very early age, a love and appreciation of nature and natural process and a sense of stewardship of the land," said Spencer, 47. "I also had an interest in design and had a keen sense of the combinations of color, form, and texture both in nature and in my artistic endeavors, drawing, painting and sculpture. Landscape architecture seemed to be a blend of both worlds."
As a landscape architect, Spencer may be tasked with handling clients' portfolios and working with municipal, state and federal agencies to receive approvals for plans. As far as architectural planning goes, on any given day, Spencer may be asked to design a new entry signage for an office park or residential neighborhood, a wetland restoration project or the layout for an office development area, according to the news source.
"I love the variety and different complexities in each of the projects I work on," Spencer said. "I return to project sites that were designed and built years ago and feel proud of the work we have done. The true joy comes in when you visit a site and see it being utilized as was envisioned by our clients and ourselves."
The high demand for architects is helping drive the popularity of the career, also. With so many projects beginning around the country, firms are looking for a wide range of professional expertise, ranging from understanding the complicated legal matters of zoning laws and environmental regulations, as well as meet the demand for green building designs.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment opportunities for architects are expected to jump 24 percent in the 10-year period between 2010 and 2020. This growth will occur much faster than the average for all occupations, as current demographic trends point to a huge demand for architectural services in the coming decade. Those with the most creativity are expected to have the best job prospects.