As demand for architectural services picks up and competition for talent intensifies, architecture firms throughout Australia face increasing levels of challenge in terms of attracting and retaining the best and most suitable employees.

By any stretch of the imagination, new positions are becoming harder to fill. Vacancies for interior designers, architects and landscape architects, and urban and regional planners were higher in July than they have been for several years; they were up by 37 per cent, 26.6 percent and 24.6 per cent…