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American Institute of Architects / November 20, 2013
Following three months of accelerating demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reflected a somewhat slower pace of growth in October. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the October ABI score was 51.6, down from a mark of 54.3 in September. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiryRead More
Greig O'Brien / ARCHITECT / October 24, 2013
Demand for architectural design services continued to increase in September, according to the Architecture Billings Index survey conducted each month by the American Institute of Architects. At 54.3, the September score—up from 53.8 in August—shows a continued acceleration of billings and work for architecture firms. In each of the past four months, the score has come in slightly higher each time. (Scores above 50 indicate industry growth and below 50 indicate industry contraction.)
While billings are accelerating, project inquiries cooled off ever-so-slightly. At 58.6, theRead More
Kriston Capps / ARCHITECT / September 24, 2013
At the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, the AIA was announced as a partner in a new effort to boost resiliency in cities.
To kick off the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, President Bill Clinton announced a global Commitment to Action to support at least 100 cities in hiring a chief resilience officer—in an effort to develop and finance new infrastructure. The effort, part of the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, is being led by the Rockefeller Foundation with Swiss Re, Palantir, Architecture for Humanity, and the American Institute of Architects.
A new organizationRead More
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING pulse / September 24, 2013
Urbanization is increasing at an unprecedented rate, with more than half of the world’s population living in cities today and more than 70 percent expected to do so by 2050—and this should be good news when it comes to innovation, according to a new report released by the AIA. “Cities as a Lab: Designing the Innovation Economy,” the eighth report in an AIA series of reports on innovative, healthy, sustainable, and livable communities, examined how cities are responding to an uncertain future. The conclusion? Cities across the world are hotbeds of innovative solutions to changingRead More
Eric Wills / ARCHITECT / August 12, 2013
As the recovery limps along, the AIA Compensation Report has good news for senior designers—and those with architecture degrees.
It’s no longer so bleak. For all the dispiriting data in the 2013 AIA Compensation Report, there are plenty of reassuring numbers, too. Although overall architecture salaries barely inched up since the last AIA report, in 2011, and salaries for most positions again failed to keep up with the pace of inflation, senior design and project management staff enjoyed a nice bump in compensation. Moreover, 20 percent of firms reported that they do not hire employeesRead More