Coming out of recession, architects still seek blueprint for future

Despite signs of hope in the economy and signals that the housing market may be recovering, some local architecture firms are still struggling, the Star Tribune reports. Many architects are out of work amid an atmosphere of uncertainty.
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Despite signs of hope in the economy and signals that the housing market may be recovering, some local architecture firms are still struggling, the Star Tribune reports. Many architects are out of work amid an atmosphere of uncertainty.

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