The 9 Best Countries For Architects To Find Work

Upper left: Oslo by Flickr User CC Peter Guthrie. Bottom left: "Hanoi Traffic" by Flickr User pheochromocytoma. Right: "Revolution Tower, Panamá City, Panamá" by Flickr User CC Chodaboy.

Where in the world, as a young architect, would be the best country to find a job in an architecture firm?

Last week, we decided to pose this question and crowd-source our readers’ intelligence for the answer. We received almost 200 comments from ArchDaily readers and Facebook fans all over the globe about the current employment opportunities, design culture, and wages in their respective countries. With many economies experiencing crippling Recession, and recent Architecture graduates suffering most, you’ve helped us generate a vital conversation.

Find out the 9 countries that made the cut after the break. Some may just surprise you…

The Indicator: Xhina

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China’s economy is slowing down. It’s projected growth rate is set to dip down to as low as a modest 6% versus the jaw-dropping double-digit rates of the past decade or more. In March, the government set its growth target for 2012 at 7.5%. It must be remembered that this is no accident. It is a calculated move. In the most recent five-year plan this general cooling-down is part of China’s strategy to avoid the sort of economic meltdown that hit the U.S. in 2008. They read the tea leaves and decided to take measures, as they can in a centrally-controlled economy, to ensure steady, modest growth rather than bubble-producing frenetic growth. Political stability is a huge factor in this. The communist party maintains its mandate as long as the engines of the economy continue to hum relatively smoothly.

Why the slow down? According to a recent special report in The Economist, nearly 48% of China’s GDP in 2011 was dominated by internal investment in infrastructure and city building. This should come as no surprise to foreign architects who have been riding this wave for the last twenty years or so. The scary part of this number is that most of this investment is being done by state owned enterprises (SOES) operating under artificially favorable conditions. On top of this, according to the ratings agency, Fitch, lending has jumped from 122% of GDP in 2008 to 171% in 2011. This “surge in credit” is strikingly familiar because it looks like the beginnings of America’s financial crisis. As The Economist notes, “When Fitch plugged China’s figures into its disaster warning system (the “macroprudential risk indicator”), the model suggested a 60% chance of a banking crisis by the middle of next year.”

The Timmelsjoch Experience / Werner Tscholl Architects

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Architects: Werner Tscholl Architects
Location: Brenner Pass,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Alexa Rainer,  Jürgen Eheim

Azaya / Pb Elemental Architecture

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Architects: Pb Elemental Architecture
Location: Seattle,
Photographs: Miguel Edwards

‘Sur Mesure’ Sticker Installation / FREAKS freearchitects

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The ‘Sur Mesure’ Sticker Installation, designed by FREAKS freearchitects, was placed onto the facade of Oscar Niemeyer’s Building for French Communist Party Headquarters in this past December. Known forNiemeyer’s simple construction without ornament, the installation creates a simple, yet interesting addition to the building for people around the city. Completed in the early 1980′s, the intention of letting it “breathe” to the city and not break the site generates an open space district with its undulating forms. This then mirrors the continuity of the urban fabric of the neighborhood and frames the plaza. The video shows the process of installing the immense sticker onto the facade. More images of the installation can be viewed after the break.

Richard Meier Retrospective Exhibition in Mexico City

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Richard Meier & Partners recently announced the first retrospective exhibition in presented at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil on display now until August 26. Exhibiting some of the most emblematic works of renowned architect Richard Meier make it possible to view his design philosophy as a whole and in depth. The retrospective includes a selection of models, original sketches, renderings and photographs. Some of the iconic projects exhibited on the show include the Smith House, The Getty Center, The Neugebauer Residence and the Jubilee Church. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Lolita / Trije Arhitekti + Jagoda Jejcic

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Architects: Trije Arhitekti - Andrej Mercina, Špela Rogel, Goran Raspor, with Jagoda Jejčič
Location: ,
Year: 2011
Client: Kaval Group, BID do.o.
Area: 160 sqm
Photographs: Jagoda Jejčič, Miran Kambič

   

House in Senri / Shogo Iwata

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Architects: Shogo Iwata
Location: Suita, Osaka,
Project Area: 83.7 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Nagaishi Hidehiko, Shogo Iwata

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‘CoExistence’ Badel Block Proposal / PlaC

The proposal by PlaC (Plateaux Collaborative)… for the Badel Block complex implements an alternative model of urban regeneration. In being sensible to local conditions and open to extra-territorial economic dynamics, equality and the balancing effect become the key-qualities of what

Los Españoles Hotel / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani

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Architects: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Location: Av. Santa María 2828, Providencia, de Chile
Project Area: 2516,44 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Nico Saieh

SC PTV House / Luis Aldrete Architects

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Architects: Luis Aldrete Architects
Location: Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico
Project Area: 714 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Paco Pérez Arriaga

Video: New York Sleeps


Depicting iconic architecture such as the Guggenheim and the Brooklyn Bridge, this series of contemplative black and white photographs by Munich-born photographer Christopher Thomas reveals a disturbingly tranquil City.

Foster and Holl selected for next Maggie’s Centers

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Steven Holl and Norman Foster have been chosen to design the next two Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centers in the United Kingdom. As reported by bdonline, Foster will design in his hometown of south Manchester at the Christie hospital, while Holl will design at the St. Bartholomew’s (Barts) hospital in London. This will be Holl’s second UK project, following the Glasgow School of Art.

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GippsTAFE Learning Centre / Paul Morgan Architects

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Architects: Paul Morgan Architects
Location: 129 Nerrena Road, Melbourne,
Project Team: Paul Morgan, Michael Bouteloup, Melissa Thong, Yau Ka Man, Duncan Taylor, Simon Disler
Project Area: 1,615 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Peter Bennetts 

Practice 2.0: The Elephant in the Room*

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By Steve Sanderson

The following article is an edited transcript from a presentation that Steve gave at the Intersections: Building Interdisciplinary Pedagogy | Building Integrated Practice symposium organized by the City College of Technology.

I’m happy to see so many familiar faces and honored to be included with such an esteemed panel. In fact I feel a bit under-qualified. If my Google searches serve me well, all of my fellow panelists have both undergraduate and advanced degrees in architecture and have held noted academic positions for several years. I, on the other hand, pursued a “non-traditional” path into the industry by first studying interior design then industrial design to doing one year of a MArch program and finally receiving a ME from John’s program at Stevens.

Maison E3 / Natalie Dionne

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Architects: Natalie Dionne
Location: Montréal, Canada
Project Area: 300 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Cramer

CTBUH Names Best Tall Buildings for 2012

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Four innovative towers in , Qatar, Australia and Italy have named the best tall buildings in the world for 2012 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the international not-for-profit association. These towers demonstrate the continued renaissance of tall building development worldwide, as a record number of 88 tall buildings soaring over 200 meters were completed in 2011, compared to 32 buildings in 2005. Another 96 tall buildings are projected to compete this year, with China being the largest contributor.

The four regional winners include the Absolute Towers in Mississauga, Canada (Americas); 1 Bligh Street, Sydney (Asia and Australia); Palazzo Lombardia, Milan (Europe); and Doha Tower in Doha, Qatar (Middle East and Africa). Additionally, Al Bahar Towers in Abu Dhabi won the CTBUH’s first Innovation Award for the project’s computer sun-screen.

“The winners display remarkable creativity, as well as a respect for the environment, connection with place, and the urban surroundings,” said Richard Cook, awards committee chairman and founding partner of Cook+Fox Architects.

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The Oosterdokseiland / HVDN + Studioninedots

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Architects: HVDN + Studioninedots
Location: Amstedam,
Project Team: Stijn de Jongh
Project Area: 540 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Schlijper, Peter Cuypers