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Old 02-10-2010, 12:21 PM
 
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I know, times are tough, but I graduate this semester and plan on moving back to L.A. from out-of-state to start my career in architecture...(yikes)... I feel like L.A.'s design community and cultural diversity is conducive to my challenge.

Is it advisable? Can anyone give me an opinion? Is anyone interning or operating a firm? What's your point of view (being in L.A.)?

Thanks!
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Old 02-10-2010, 12:39 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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from what i understand many arch/design firms have laid off employees due to the diminished amount of work in the region. check out Curbed LA : The Los Angeles Neighborhoods and Real Estate Blog, it may be helpful to you. it's a blog, but has a lot of local information.
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Old 02-10-2010, 12:46 PM
 
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Thanks BRinSM for the reference-I actually have that site saved, I'll keep an eye on it.
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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I thought that many architecture jobs were now done in India, China, and some other far off lands. I say that knowing full well that we use a local company in Ventura CA. I was reading that many of these jobs can be performed far cheaper somewhere else and everything sent electronically back and forth.
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:30 PM
 
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My husband works in an architecture-related firm. Their LA office had laid off vast numbers of people, but in recent months have started to hire a few new people. It's not much, but at least it's better than it was this time last year.
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Old 02-10-2010, 02:36 PM
 
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Thanks guys for the insight!

Soon2bnsurprise: hadn't thought of that. I've heard of large firms outsourceing work, specifically for conceptual images, but have never came across it in my internship experiences...hope that's not the case!

Uptown_urbanist: Yea unfortunately everyone's been hit hard with this recession. I'm pleased to hear that there's at least a sliver of hope. Hopefully that trend continues up through late summer-which is when I plan on moving there. Saving up in the meantime.

I'm really torn...I want to migrate, but don't want to make any hasty decisions! ughhh...i'd like to have a job lined up before I jump over there, you know?

Thanks again guys...I'll be checking this thread regularly for anymore advice, comments, and/or opinons. :-)
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