News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
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
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING Pulse / June 26, 2013
Each year, the AIA National Convention includes a legacy project designed to give back to the host community. This year, AIA Colorado and AIA Denver have designed and are building a home for Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity. Below, we give you a glimpse of the work in progress, which is projected to earn LEED Platinum certification.
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING Pulse / June 25, 2013
Expanding on past Ecobuildingpulse.com coverage regarding the growing importance of energy modeling, Rand Ekman, AIA, LEED Fellow, vice president and director of sustainability for Cannon Design and Maurya McClintock of McClintock Façade Consulting, join Ecobuildingpulse.com associate editor Wanda Lau at the 2013 AIA National Convention to talk about the importance of energy modeling,current tools and guides, and how it should be embedded in the design process.
Alexandra Rice / ARCHITECT / June 13, 2013
The AIA and partner organizations emphasize rebuilding smarter with ideas competition.
In the past couple of years, tragic storms have ripped through New Orleans; Joplin, Mo.; and New York City; to name just a few. In Joplin, more than7,600 homes were destroyed by the second deadliest tornado in U.S. history. Even as design efforts to build better post-disaster housing and storm bunkers are under way, many people are asking why we aren’t developing more sustainable housing in the first place.
Natural disasters offer, if nothing else, a chance to rebuild stronger. And with the helpRead More
Greig O'Brien / ARCHITECT / May 22, 2013
The AIA’s Architecture Billings Index shows contraction and signs of weakness in the design and construction industry.
In April, the American Institute of Architects’ Architecture Billings Index marked the first negative month of growth in the demand for architectural design services in nine months. With a national score of 48.6, down more than three full points from March’s score of 51.9, the architecture industry is seeing the first significant soft patch, spanning across all regions and industry sectors, in nearly a year. (A score above 50.0 in the index means that demand is increasing;Read More