With the recent slowdown in design and construction activity, many architects are losing their jobs. While volunteering won’t pay the bills, experts say it’s a good way to stay active in the profession while hunting for employment. It might even provide architects a chance to strengthen their skill set and expand their professional network. “The idea is visibility,” says Carol Metzner of the Metzner Group, a recruiting agency for architects and engineers. She adds that volunteer positions could also lead to full-time employment.