Stunned by a telephone call, a Swamplot correspondent who works for a small Houston architecture firm weighs in on the latest turn in the U.S. construction downturn:
For the last few years, our firm has been hit up pretty regularly by agencies trying to get us to outsource our CAD drawing or 3D rendering work to some low cost labor pool in India, where they can supposedly do everything our employees do for much cheaper. So I was a bit surprised to get a call yesterday from one of these agencies based out of Chicago that went a little different than what I expected.
When I told the caller, who had an Indian accent, that we didn’t have any work to outsource, he said that wasn’t what he was calling about. He said he was working with developers in India as well as Dubai, Bahrain, and a number of other middle eastern countries I had never heard of and wanted to know if my firm wanted to get work from them. Obviously there’s nothing new about working for international clients, but coming from one of these agencies it definitely felt like a moment where flows in the global outsourcing pipeline had suddenly stopped and were now ready to start moving in reverse.