You can have a building designed anywhere. Consider the Tropicana in Las Vegas, in the midst of a huge facelift. Since architects in the United States are in short supply, the firm chose to outsource some of the work to Cadforce Inc., a Marina del Rey (CA) firm that has employees in India. Dozens are now helping to plan the Tropicana from 8,000 miles away.
According to Business Week, about 20% of architectural firms are outsourcing and another 30% are considering it. The big reason cited in the article: rather than doing complete designs, outsourcers are doing simpler tasks that take a lot of time:
According to the article, these baseline tasks can take up to 60% of the time spent designing a building.
Underlying the architectural outsourcing is the same basics in other industries that I’ve seen:
I continue to have the opinion that a Cubicle Warrior needs to continually show management why they are the best person on the planet for the job that they are doing. That is a somewhat radical perspective, but as globalization continues into more and more industries, I think it is the right perspective to have.