The events of Tuesday won't have much bearing on the design profession. Paralysis in Washington doesn't have any bearing on the price of oil, which has been going down due to depressed demand in Europe and Asia. I'm cautiously predicting three more years of prosperity in the U.S. market. Regional business is more significant than international business, even for the Massachusetts economy.
Some people are even discussing a shortage of design professionals. I'm skeptical of this. I think the BIM revolution, coupled with the adaptation to the lean years of the recession, has made the industry more productive. Service parameters are constrained except for the big name stars.
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