A reader fills us in on the toll the nationwide downturn has taken over the last year on EDI Architecture, once one of the largest architecture firms in Houston. EDI, which specialized in multifamily projects, had more than 120 people on its highrise team not too long ago — plus an additional 80 employees in New York, California, and Angola offices.
As of June, the reader reports, the firm was down to fewer than 30 employees, total.
The first big layoff whack came last May, then another in October, and again this past January, May, and then at the start of June. All but the first and last sets of layoffs came with salary cuts for those who remained. The entire multifamily team is now gone.
The current workload in the Houston office is only supporting 4 projects. The most recent project to be awarded is the renovation/ rebuild of Gallery Furniture.
Severance was not given to anyone, only instructions to file unemployment. What a wonderful message this sends out to future applicants for EDI! Work hard to earn your vacation/sick/personal time; and it will not be yours to take when you leave!
EDI is also the architect of . . . the Ashby Highrise.
Photo of Dominion Post Oak, designed by EDI Architecture: EDI Architecture