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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
RA Staff / RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECT / May 14, 2013
Four custom homes and two larger-scale housing complexes top this year’s entries.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the winners of its annual Housing Awards. The jury selected six winners from entries submitted in four types of housing: One and Two Family Custom Housing, One and Two Family Production Housing, Multifamily Housing, and Special Housing. No award was given this year in the Production Housing category. The jury consisted of Kathleen Dorgan, AIA, Chair, Dorgan Architecture & Planning; John Isch, AIA, RWA Architects, Inc.; R. Thomas Jones, AIA,Read More
Katie Weeks / ARCHITECT / May 1, 2013
In a letter to Congress, more than 350 associations and companies voiced opposition to special interest efforts to gut energy conservation requirements for federal buildings.
Anticipating the scheduled mark-up of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on May 8, more than 350 associations and companies have signed a letter voicing opposition to special interests that are lobbying to reduce or cut energy conservation requirements for federal buildings. The legislation up for discussion was introduced by SenatorsRead More
Eric Wills / ARCHITECT / April 17, 2013
Biennial survey shows that more younger architects are employed in the profession than in 2010.
The latest glimmers of post-recessionary good news for the profession come in a new career survey of interns, jointly released by the AIA and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Seventy-eight percent of respondents to the online survey, conducted in 2012, reported that they were employed in professional architecture work, up 8 percent from the last time the survey was conducted in 2010. Just 6 percent of respondents stated that they were unemployed, down 11 percentRead More