The report came out today that HKW, the architecture and planning firm founded in Birmingham in 1994, is shutting its doors due to economic circumstances brought on by the recent recession. Many architecture firms not just in Birmingham, but around the country, are in precarious states as the construction and design industries appear to be among the last to benefit from improvements in the economy.
A strong design community depends on lots of competition, constantly raising the bar. HKW will be missed.
[image of Boy Scouts of America Building, which was a 2005 winner of the American Institute of Architects Merit Award; photo taken by Timothy Hursey]