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Ian Powell | April 1, 2011

Published on March 30, 2011

Houston AIA President Ian Powell discusses challenges and growth in the local architecture industry.

On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation about how the economy has affected the architecture business with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.

Ever since the economic downturn in 2008, companies from industries of all kinds have struggled to keep business afloat.

Ian Powell, President of the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects and a partner with PBK Architects, sat down with Bauer Business Focus to discuss how architects in Houston are rebounding.

“Architects, just as every other profession and trade, have been impacted in the same ways,” Powell said. “We’ve been fortunate in that Texas remains a growth state and Houston remains a growth community, so probably less impacted than other industries and geographical locations, but still impacted.”

By taking advantage of nearby resources and learning opportunities, he added, architects in Houston are making more opportunities for themselves.

“They’ve been learning about things they have not known before to develop capabilities and expertise that they may not have had or thoroughly had in prior years, so they stay relevant and engaged with the things their clients will require in the future,” Powell said.   “It’s highly likely they’ve branched out, and dipped a toe in the water in some other parts of the industry that they haven’t previously been in.”

Not only are Houston architects working on building within the city, he said, they are hard at work learning how to better prepare the coast for future natural disasters.  Architects learned that they must design sensibly along the Gulf Coast in order to protect against corrosion, and even against wind storms, Powell said.

Click here to hear the full interview.

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