Like thousands of architects today, Merritt Palminteri is out of work, a victim of the severe economic downturn. “Every single job we had last year was put on hold,” says Palminteri of her former firm, New York’s Anik Pearson Architect. Even though she saw the writing on the wall, it was no use: her headhunter was laid off, too. “It was kind of ridiculous,” says Palminteri.
Now, like many of her colleagues, the 29-year-old is applying to graduate school. Higher education is a time-honored method of weathering a recession, and this year is no different, as architecture schools are reporting huge spikes in application numbers.