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Snøhetta feels recession’s pinch. Architect firm lays employees off. Oslo-based, international architect firm Snøhetta has made 41 of its staff redundant. Several of its projects worldwide are now at risk. Line Bull, Snøhetta’s Deputy Managing Director, says it’s a combination of delays, lack of new ventures, and stoppages. Many of their major projects in Dubai, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Norway have fallen through.Grave

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Snøhetta feels recession’s pinch

Published on Thursday, 22nd April, 2010 at 15:41 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Architect firm lays employees off.

Oslo Opera House 2
Oslo Opera House 2
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Oslo-based, international architect firm Snøhetta has made 41 of its staff redundant. Several of its projects worldwide are now at risk.

Line Bull, Snøhetta’s Deputy Managing Director, says it’s a combination of delays, lack of new ventures, and stoppages. Many of their major projects in Dubai, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Norway have fallen through.

Grave

The layoffs come a year after Snøhetta fired 24 architects. Harald Eriksen, the Association of Consulting Architects’ (Arkitektbedriftene) managing director, tells NRK he’s worried the layoffs will mean key competence will be lost.

“It’s very serious because they may not get the same people back when the market picks up again,” he says.

Kjersti Nerseth, president of the National Association of Norwegian Architects (NAL), is also concerned about the seriousness of the firm’s staff cuts, and its effects on the remaining employees.

Light at the end of the tunnel?

However, the situation for architects in general has shown a slight improvement recently. Nerseth, hopes the current market low won’t be long-term.

“Though things have been worse in relation to how they were a couple of years ago, we’re optimistic about the future”, she says.

Karl Otto Ellefsen, principal of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design says Snøhetta has no reason to worry.

“I’m not concerned for Snøhetta. I believe the office’s strength and expertise will allow them to rise again.”

Amongst other constructions, the 20-year-old company has drawn plans for Oslo’s new opera house, the Alexandria Library in Egypt, and the Ground Zero Building in New York, and won many prizes for its work.



Published on Thursday, 22nd April, 2010 at 15:41 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: snoehetta, architect, firm, oslo, redundancies, layoffs, market, recession, financial.





  
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