Archinect - News 2018-06-19T08:10:48-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150065930/architecture-billings-index-in-april-gains-strength Architecture Billings Index in April gains strength Alexander Walter 2018-05-23T13:19:00-04:00 >2018-05-23T13:20:01-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0h/0h2quriwthg6x75x.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is reporting today that architecture firm billings rose for the seventh consecutive month, with the pace of growth in April increasing modestly from March. Overall, the AIA&rsquo;s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for April was 52.0 [...], which indicates the business environment continues to be healthy for architecture firms despite continued labor shortages, growing inflation in building materials costs and rising interest rates.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;While there was slower growth in April for new project work coming into architecture firms, business conditions have remained healthy for the first four months of the year,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;Although growth in regional design activity was concentrated at firms in the sunbelt, there was balanced growth so far this year across all major construction sectors.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The American Institute of Architects reports these key <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a> stats for the month of April:<br></p> <ul><li>Regional averages: West (55.1), Midwest (49.6), South (51.8), Northeast (50.3)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (50.7), institutional (52.0), commercial/industrial (52.7), mixed practice (50.6)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 56.7</li><li>Design contracts index: 50.1</li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/150060705/architecture-billings-index-in-march-ends-first-quarter-in-positive-terrain Architecture Billings Index in March ends first quarter in positive terrain Alexander Walter 2018-04-19T13:57:00-04:00 >2018-04-19T13:57:43-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2e/2e59sagetlitbswd.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects [...] reported that architecture firm billings rose for the sixth consecutive month in March, although the pace of growth slowed modestly from February. Overall, the AIA&rsquo;s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for March was 51.0 (any score over 50 indicates billings growth), which still reflects a healthy business environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;New project activity coming into architecture firms continues to grow at a solid pace. As a result, project backlogs&mdash;in excess of six months at present&mdash; are at their highest post-recession level,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;Business remains strong in the South and West, and firms with a residential specialization continue to set the pace.&rdquo;</em><br></p> <p>The American Institute of Architects reports these key <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a> stats for the month of March:</p> <ul><li>Regional averages: West (53.4), Midwest (50.7), South (53.2), Northeast (49.0)</li><li>&nbsp;Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (53.4), institutional (49.7), commercial/industrial (53.1), mixed practice (51.1)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 58.1</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.5</li></ul><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zr0gva8pef0rn2og.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zr0gva8pef0rn2og.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tu/tuwriwlaqy78umx2.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tu/tuwriwlaqy78umx2.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qu/qub7jtpjcvhubo7l.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qu/qub7jtpjcvhubo7l.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em>All graphs represent data from March 2017 - March 2018. Images provided by the American Institute of Architects.</em><br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150059501/robert-ivy-to-receive-lifetime-achievement-award Robert Ivy to receive Lifetime Achievement Award Alexander Walter 2018-04-11T13:48:00-04:00 >2018-04-11T13:51:05-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dx/dxoxboq4m1773rhg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>American Institute of Architects CEO and EVP <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/840820/robert-ivy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Ivy</a> will be honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the <a href="http://www.ms-arts-letters.org/winners.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters</a>. <br></p> <p>Given to currently active Mississippi-connected artists and art patrons, Ivy is the first architect to receive the Polk Award. The list of previous honorees includes actor Morgan Freeman (2007), writer Shelby Foote (2004), writer Eudora Welty (2001), singer Leontyne Price (2000), and the late artist Walter Anderson (1989).</p> <p>AIA President Carl Elefante praised Ivy's selection, saying: "As the CEO of&nbsp;AIA&nbsp;since 2011, and as an author, editor and practicing architect, Robert Ivy is a worthy ambassador for our profession. This award comes as a crowning personal and professional achievement for him as a native of Mississippi. On behalf of the&nbsp;AIA, I am truly delighted to congratulate him on this unique honor."</p> <p>Ivy's previous accolades include the designation Master Architect by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150055977/aiany-revoke-2018-design-awards-from-richard-meier-and-peter-marino AIANY revoke 2018 Design Awards from Richard Meier and Peter Marino Hope Daley 2018-03-23T02:35:00-04:00 >2018-03-29T17:19:13-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rb/rborzsd8qm5croqy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>... given allegations of inappropriate and unacceptable behavior by two AIANY 2018 Design Award Recipients&mdash;Richard Meier and Peter Marino&mdash;the AIANY Board of Directors has made the decision to rescind the honors that were announced in January 2018 and were to be celebrated at the Honors and Awards Luncheon next month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/182862/aiany" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIANY</a> executive director Benjamin Prosky issued a statement on their decision to revoke <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/214130/design-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Awards</a> from <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/86628/richard-meier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Meier</a> and Peter Marino. Prosky states, &ldquo;Our decision does not speak to the design quality of the projects or the contributions from the respective firms&rsquo; design teams, rather we cannot in good conscience confer these awards under these circumstances.&rdquo;</p> <p>The full statement by AIANY can be read <a href="https://www.aiany.org/news/aiany-response-to-harassment-allegations/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150055700/february-s-architecture-billings-index-in-positive-terrain February's Architecture Billings Index in positive terrain Alexander Walter 2018-03-21T12:35:00-04:00 >2018-03-26T01:31:03-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/j8/j87303hcj55w3j22.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is reporting an increase in architecture firm billings for February from its Architecture Billings Index (ABI), with several key segments showing an encouraging outlook for 2018. [...] While the pace of growth in design activity slowed a bit in February for an ABI score of 52.0 (any score over 50 indicates billings growth), it still reflects a healthy business environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"We remain optimistic about the trends we&rsquo;re seeing at architecture firms this year with the ABI continuing to show growth in February," said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. "We saw several major bright spots reflected in February&rsquo;s data, as billings remained particularly strong at firms located in the West and Midwest."</em></p> <p>The American Institute of Architects reports these key <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a> stats for the month of February:&nbsp;<br></p> <ul><li>Regional averages: West (57.6), Midwest (54.5), South (54.4), Northeast (47.5)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (56.6), institutional (53.8), commercial/industrial (51.0), mixed practice (49.7)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 62.4</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.5</li></ul><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8q/8q5pr5f1zfrlz0je.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8q/8q5pr5f1zfrlz0je.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sq/sqa4krpbzdnon5gw.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sq/sqa4krpbzdnon5gw.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ud/udp7pp44cuw6rp32.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ud/udp7pp44cuw6rp32.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em>All graphs represent data from February 2017 - February 2018. Images provided by the American Institute of Architects.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150053185/aia-leadership-contend-steel-aluminum-tariffs-will-negatively-impact-architecture-industry AIA leadership contend steel & aluminum tariffs will negatively impact architecture industry Hope Daley 2018-03-06T14:03:00-05:00 >2018-03-06T20:59:55-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tt/ttz0otv8kh5dr46p.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/238/aia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Institute of Architects (AIA)</a> President Carl Elefante, FAIA, and EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, released the following statement today in response to the Administration&rsquo;s plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.<br></p> <p>"The Administration&rsquo;s announcement of new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports threatens to drastically increase the prices of many <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/191627/building-materials" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">building materials</a> specified by architects. These metal products are some of the largest material inputs in the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/277/construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">construction</a> of buildings. Structural metal beams, window frames, mechanical systems and exterior cladding are largely derived from these important metals.</p> <p>&ldquo;As creative problem solvers, architects rely on a variety of these materials to achieve functional and performance goals for their clients. Inflating the cost of materials will limit the range of options they can use while adhering to budgetary constraints for a building.</p> <p>&ldquo;By the same token, the Administration&rsquo;s proposed infrastructure fund...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150052472/aia-teams-up-with-national-girls-collaborative-to-build-new-educational-pathways-to-architecture-for-girls AIA teams up with National Girls Collaborative to build new educational pathways to architecture for girls Justine Testado 2018-03-01T14:33:00-05:00 >2018-03-01T14:33:08-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yc/yc0dge8byvq1c8c1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>In their latest effort to advance <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/518527/diversity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">diversity</a> and equity in the architecture profession, today the AIA and the <a href="https://ngcproject.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Girls Collaborative</a> announced their new partnership to create new pathways for girls to achieve educational goals that will prepare them for future careers in the architecture and STEM fields.</p> <p>Based in Seattle, the NGC&nbsp;teams up with organizations around the U.S. that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers. The group also runs&nbsp;<a href="https://theconnectory.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Connectory</a>, the largest directory of youth-focused STEM programs in the country.<br></p> <p>&ldquo;Architecture represents an innovative blend of design and crucial STEM skills,&rdquo; said Karen Peterson, the National Girls Collaborative CEO, in a statement. &ldquo;Thanks to this partnership with AIA, we are looking forward to engaging more girls in architecture activities and career paths.&rdquo;<br></p> <p>On March 22, the NGC will host a one-hour webinar on how architecture and design programs around the U.S. can use The Connectory. It'll also be pos...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150052280/aia-components-in-border-states-with-mexico-mobilize-opposition-to-the-border-wall AIA components in border states with Mexico mobilize opposition to the Border Wall Alexander Walter 2018-03-01T09:32:00-05:00 >2018-02-28T19:35:34-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a9/a99a11a3c695d367a941e7e847ad583e?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The proposed $25 billion wall along the US/Mexico border raises questions that have proven divisive to society. [...] In 2017 and 2018, AIA state components and chapters in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas wrote resolutions and letters with the support of their boards of directors opposing a border wall and questioning its cost-benefit relative to infrastructure projects all over the country that they deem higher-priority.</p></em><br /><br /><p>AIA state components and chapters in each of the four states bordering Mexico&mdash;Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas&mdash;are organizing their opposition to Trump's <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/35987/border-wall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">border wall</a>&nbsp;proposal and have passed formal resolutions.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Robert Miller, AIA, 2018 president of AIA Arizona, led the charge in drafting a template articulating his component&rsquo;s concerns, which he shared with AIA chapters in Arizona and, ultimately, components in Texas, California, and New Mexico," writes Katherine Flynn for the AIA. "Keeping the AIA Code of Ethics at the forefront, Miller says, helped him conceptualize the statement as something that members could support outside the context of their own partisan views."</p> <p>Below are the AIA State Components&rsquo; statements regarding the proposed border wall:</p> <p><a href="http://www.aianewmexico.org/government.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA New Mexico</a></p> <p><a href="https://txamagazine.org/2017/08/17/txa-position-statement-regarding-border-wall/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Texas Society of Architects</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.aiacc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/AIACC-Response-Border-Wall-FINAL.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA California Council</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.aia.org/articles/175186-resolution-advocating-alternative-infrastru" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA Arizona</a></p> <p>Here are four AIA Local Chapters&rsquo; statements regarding the proposed border wall:</p> <p><a href="https://www.aia.org/articles/175116-resolution-advocating-alternative-infrastru" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA Grand Canyon</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.aia.org/articles/175151-resolution-for-a-comprehensive-border-secur" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA Phoenix Metro</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.aia.org/articles/145641-resolution-advocating-alternative-infrastru" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA Southern Arizona</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.aiasandiego.org/border-wall-statement/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA San ...</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150051487/aia-s-2018-jury-of-fellows-elevates-152-member-architects-to-its-prestigious-college-of-fellows AIA's 2018 Jury of Fellows elevates 152 member-architects to its prestigious College of Fellows Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-23T19:46:00-05:00 >2018-02-23T19:46:47-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/eq/eqas3uggzj04pjbu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>152 AIA members and two international architects have been inducted into the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/546776/american-institute-of-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Institute of Architec</a>t's College of Fellows for this year. The College of Fellows is the highest rank within the AIA and is only awarded to those with 10 or more years of membership. Beyond, the honor is given to architects who have&nbsp;made significant contributions to architecture and society on a national level and have demonstrated great influence. Members are assessed by the following:&nbsp;</p> <ul><li><em>Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession;</em></li><li><em>Advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training or practice;</em></li><li><em>Coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA or other related professional organizations; or</em></li><li><em>Advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment.</em></li></ul><p>Fellows are chosen by the AIA's Jury of Fellows, which, this year, includes&nbsp;&nbsp;Karen Nichols, F...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150051066/architecture-billings-index-kicks-new-year-off-strong-with-highest-january-score-since-2007 Architecture Billings Index kicks new year off strong with highest January score since 2007 Alexander Walter 2018-02-21T12:41:00-05:00 >2018-03-21T12:45:58-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1e/1exv4ely4gmkr0wc.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>2018 started on a strong note for architecture firms, as the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) saw its highest January score since 2007. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 54.7, up from a score of 52.8 in the previous month. [...] The new projects inquiry index was 61.1, down from a reading of 62.0 the previous month, while the new design contracts index increased slightly from 53.4 to 53.9.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Healthy conditions continue across all sectors and regions except the Northeast, where firm billings softened for the second consecutive month," said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. "With strong billings and healthy growth in new projects to start the year, firms remain generally optimistic about business conditions for the next several months."</em></p> <p>The American Institute of Architects reports these key <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a> stats for the month of January:&nbsp;<br></p> <ul><li>Regional averages: West (56.2), South (55.3), Midwest (54.8), Northeast (47.3)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (56.0), commercial / industrial (53.3), institutional (52.5), mixed practice (50.1)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.1</li><li>Design contracts index: 53.9</li></ul><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u7/u7pz0nv9hebokjsp.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u7/u7pz0nv9hebokjsp.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/53/531r1skp2a1csg9w.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/53/531r1skp2a1csg9w.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zg/zgf9z7v6c4m06iwz.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zg/zgf9z7v6c4m06iwz.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em>All graphs represent data from January 2017 - January 2018. Images provided by the American Institute of Architects.</em><br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150047310/aia-consensus-construction-forecast-predicts-accelerated-growth-through-2019 AIA Consensus Construction Forecast predicts accelerated growth through 2019 Alexander Walter 2018-01-29T14:28:00-05:00 >2018-01-29T14:29:08-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3k/3k0u6ozy6u1xuunj.gif" border="0" /><em><p>Construction spending for nonresidential buildings is projected to increase 4 percent this year and continue at that pace of growth through 2019. While the commercial construction sectors will generate much of the expected gains this year, by 2019 the industrial and institutional sectors will dominate the projected construction growth. [...] However, in the face of a supportive economy, construction spending on nonresidential buildings disappointed last year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The American Institute of Architects has published its latest <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/785064/consensus-construction-forecast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Consensus Construction Forecast</a>, and it's looking quite rosy. Despite labor shortages and rising material costs that continue to have an impact on the construction industry, the report &mdash; supported by the last few editions of the Institute's monthly <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/107273/architecture-billings-index" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index</a> &mdash;&nbsp;projects a 4% increase for nonresidential buildings this year and a continuation of this pace through 2019.&nbsp;</p> <p>Analyzing this economic optimism, the AIA points out five key factors:</p> <ol><li>Rebuilding and repairs from natural disasters</li><li>Tax reform implications for construction</li><li>Possibility of an infrastructure package</li><li>Strong consumer and business confidence levels</li><li>Leading economic indicators for the construction sector</li></ol><p>For the full report and an interactive version of the infographic above, head over to <a href="https://www.aia.org/articles/173086-what-slowdown-pace-of-construction-activity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aia.org</a>.<br></p> <p>Can these positive projections be felt in your firm or region as well? Let us know in the comment section below.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150046606/architecture-billings-index-in-december-concludes-year-on-strong-note-healthy-growth-outlook-for-2018 Architecture Billings Index in December concludes year on strong note; "healthy growth" outlook for 2018 Alexander Walter 2018-01-24T13:07:00-05:00 >2018-02-21T12:57:20-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ui/uijxdnk7lugbyeor.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) concluded the year in positive terrain, with the December reading capping off three straight months of growth in design billings. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 52.9, down from a score of 55.0 in the previous month. [...] The new projects inquiry index was 61.9, up from a reading of 61.1 the previous month, while the new design contracts index decreased slightly from 53.2 to 52.7.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;Overall, 2017 turned out to be a strong year for architecture firms. &nbsp;All but two months saw ABI scores in positive territory,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;Additionally, the overall strength of the fourth quarter lays a good foundation for healthy growth in construction activity in 2018.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The American Institute of Architects reports these key <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a> stats for the month of December:&nbsp;<br></p> <ul><li>Regional averages: South (56.3), West (53.0), Midwest (52.9), Northeast (49.4)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (55.4), commercial / industrial (54.8), institutional (51.2), mixed practice (50.4)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.9</li><li>Design contracts index: 53.2</li></ul><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z9/z9ww53y2bocba9lr.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z9/z9ww53y2bocba9lr.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/90/90xmplu8i38j2dbc.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/90/90xmplu8i38j2dbc.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9m/9mayic1iukqch23p.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9m/9mayic1iukqch23p.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em>All graphs represent data from December 2016 - December 2017. Images provided by the American Institute of Architects.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150045311/aias-selects-students-to-participate-in-crit-scholar-fellowship-program AIAS selects students to participate in CRIT Scholar fellowship program Hope Daley 2018-01-17T15:21:00-05:00 >2018-01-17T15:22:34-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xg/xgr1zjq8w2zj6kiq.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The American Institute of Architecture Students (<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/334830/aias" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIAS</a>) announced the students selected to participate in this year's <a href="http://www.aias.org/crit/crit-scholar/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CRIT Scholar</a> fellowship program. The <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/312/fellowship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fellowship</a> program is supported by the&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/546776/american-institute-of-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA</a> and in partnership with several prominent architecture firms. Recipients receive a $1,000 grant for their research project and are matched with a mentor involved in conducting research at an architectural firm.&nbsp;</p> <p>The students selected to participate are as follows:<br></p> <p>Megha Dubey, <a href="https://archinect.com/daapSAID" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Cincinnati</a><br>Sinan Goral, <a href="https://archinect.com/cmusoa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carnegie Mellon University</a><br>Kristen Hoover, <a href="https://archinect.com/schools/cover/9363133/morgan-state-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morgan State University</a><br>Chelsey Luiz, <a href="https://archinect.com/schools/cover/200284/university-of-oregon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Oregon</a><br>Kevin Park, <a href="https://archinect.com/schools/cover/2637335/the-university-of-texas-at-arlington" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Texas at Arlington</a><br>Samantha Pires, <a href="https://archinect.com/schools/cover/2633721/new-jersey-institute-of-technology-njit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Jersey Institute of Technology</a><br>Evan Wermers, <a href="https://archinect.com/schools/cover/14744391/university-of-nebraska-lincoln" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Nebraska-Lincoln</a></p> <p>The program aims to support student research and provide a practical perspective through mentor guidance.&nbsp;Each student's final project will be presented at next year's CRIT Live Research Symposia.&nbsp;<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150042029/architecture-billings-index-strengthens-in-november-despite-uncertainty-over-tax-reform Architecture Billings Index strengthens in November despite uncertainty over tax reform Alexander Walter 2017-12-20T13:21:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mf/mf5dezvqzatibqsi.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Even with the uncertainty related to pending tax reform legislation that likely will have a mixed effect on the construction industry, design services at architecture firms remains in high demand. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the November ABI score was 55.0, up from a score of 51.7 in the previous month. [...] The new projects inquiry index was 61.1, up from a reading of 60.2 the previous month, while the new design contracts index rose slightly from 52.8 to 53.2.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;Not only are design billings overall seeing their strongest growth of the year, the strength is reflected in all major regions and construction sectors,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;The construction industry continues to show surprising momentum heading into 2018.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of November:<br></p> <ul><li>Regional averages: West (54.8), Northeast (52.8), South (52.8), Midwest (50.4)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (53.9), mixed practice (53.6), commercial / industrial (53.3), institutional (52.4)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.1</li><li>Design contracts index: 53.2</li></ul><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tg/tgnb7a4zgq1mmx1y.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tg/tgnb7a4zgq1mmx1y.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/03/0318tnczygg5a5jq.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/03/0318tnczygg5a5jq.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ui/uikp4qs37mbnlupz.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ui/uikp4qs37mbnlupz.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em>All graphs represent data from November 2016 - November 2017. Images provided by the American Institute of Architects.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150041797/aia-is-encouraged-by-last-minute-edits-to-congress-tax-reform-legislation AIA is encouraged by last minute edits to Congress' tax reform legislation Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-18T20:42:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m0/m0vv60bw5ktwy66t.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/238/aia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Institute of Architects</a> has been one of the many <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150030645/the-aia-sounds-cautions-on-tax-reform-proposals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">vocal opponents to the House and Senate tax plans</a>, which would gut historic tax credits and harm architecture firms, especially those smaller in size. However,&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150040059/the-aia-responds-to-u-s-congress-tax-reform-bills-you-re-making-a-terrible-mistake" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">after a concerted effort to lobby Congress</a>, the AIA is newly "encouraged" by some last minute amendments made to the tax reform legislation contained in the House-Senate Conference Agreement announced late Friday night.</p> <p>In particular, the latest revisions have resolved some of the issues surrounding <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150036767/reagan-administation-s-widely-popular-historic-tax-credit-jeopardized-by-trump-s-tax-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Historic Tax Credit</a>. While the House's version would have eliminated it entirely, the Senate's plan would've simply diluted its impact by spreading the credit over five years time. Now in its reconciled form, the tax plan keeps the HTC and improves on the Senate bill's language by adding some flexibility for architects wishing to utilize the 20 percent credit.</p> <p>The other highly welcomed revision is that the tax plan now allows a 20 percent deduction for businesses or...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150040059/the-aia-responds-to-u-s-congress-tax-reform-bills-you-re-making-a-terrible-mistake The AIA responds to U.S. Congress tax reform bills: "You're making a terrible mistake" Alexander Walter 2017-12-04T16:12:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hb/hb0xg9bpqzqjkraq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Following recent developments the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made in various versions in both the House and the Senate, the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/238/aia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Institute of Architects</a> announced that it would lobby aggressively against "significant inequities" the legislation currently represents.</p> <p>Back in September, the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150030645/the-aia-sounds-cautions-on-tax-reform-proposals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA already warned</a> about earlier tax reform proposals and called for caution. <br></p> <p>AIA 2017 President Thomas Vonier, FAIA now issued a new statement, alarming that with the current legislation "Congress would be making a terrible mistake":<br></p> <p><em>By weakening the Historic Tax Credits, Congress and the Administration will hurt historic rehabilitation projects all across the country - something to which architects have been committed for decades. Since 1976, the HTCs have generated some&nbsp;$132 billion in private investment, involving nearly 43,000 projects. They are fundamental to maintaining America's architectural heritage.<br></em></p> <p><em>Unfortunately, both bills for some reason continue to exclude architects and other small ...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150039442/architect-to-architect-to-jail Architect to Architect? to Jail. Anthony Morey 2017-11-29T13:16:00-05:00 >2018-03-20T14:36:02-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e4/e4qk17ma4nxm2k1t.gif" border="0" /><em><p>The stamp, forged signatures, false paperwork &mdash; they were like the scaffolding of a building of his own design, one with no firm foundation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A fake architect named Paul J. Newman has been sentenced to 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison for posing as an architect in eastern New York.</p> <p>Newman also was ordered Tuesday in Saratoga County Court to pay more than $115,000 to his victims in Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga counties.</p> <p>Newman pleaded guilty in June to grand larceny and fraud after an investigation by New York's attorney general dubbed "Operation Vandelay Industries." Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office said Newman had rendered fraudulent architectural services since 2010. Victims included municipalities and businesses.</p> <p>Schneiderman dubbed the operation to nab Newman "Vandelay Industries" in reference to a long-running joke on "Seinfeld" about a fictional company by that name. A character named Newman was Jerry's nemesis on the sitcom.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150038028/architecture-billings-index-in-october-enters-q4-with-modest-uptick Architecture Billings Index in October enters Q4 with modest uptick Alexander Walter 2017-11-15T14:51:00-05:00 >2017-12-20T13:39:10-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rz/rzj2erif0xrpj24r.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>After a stand-alone month of contracting demand for design services, there was a modest uptick in the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) for October. [...] October ABI score was 51.7, up from a score of 49.1 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services provided by U.S. architecture firms [...]. The new projects inquiry index was 60.2, up from a reading of 59.0 the previous month, while the new design contracts index eased slightly from 52.9 to 52.8.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;As we enter the fourth quarter, there is enough design activity occurring that construction conditions should remain healthy moving through 2018,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;Extended strength in inquiries and new design contracts, along with balanced growth across the major building sectors signals further gains throughout the construction industry.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of October:</p> <ul><li>Regional averages: Northeast (54.0), South (50.8), West (49.8), Midwest (49.0)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (51.2), mixed practice (50.7), multi-family residential (50.7), institutional (50.7)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 60.2</li><li>Design contracts index: 52.8</li></ul><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1h/1hq5g764jjztdk5f.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1h/1hq5g764jjztdk5f.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7v/7vdarfxukjplhl6x.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7v/7vdarfxukjplhl6x.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zh/zh4k7pddel2hwjs9.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zh/zh4k7pddel2hwjs9.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em>All graphs represent data from October 2016 - October 2017. Images provided by the American Institute of Architects.</em><br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150033548/looking-for-an-extra-aia-and-rci-credit Looking for an extra AIA and RCI credit? Sponsor 2017-10-19T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-10-18T13:36:53-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s7/s7tp7lt08am9nl5h.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><figure><p><a href="https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/7123233744088518146?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_medium=News%20Post&amp;utm_campaign=StickVP%20Resisto" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/45/45a6bf92goei77bd.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://stickvp.resisto.us/?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_medium=News%20post&amp;utm_campaign=StickVP%20Resisto" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Resisto</a></strong></em><br></p> <p>Free Live Webinar for Architects and Specifiers on November 2!</p> <p>Watch this short video to meet Jean-Fran&ccedil;ois C&ocirc;t&eacute;, Director of Standards and Scientific Affairs at Resisto, who will host this live Webinar on Thursday, November 2,&nbsp;which qualifies for one RCI and AIA continuing education hour. </p> <p>You will learn more about vapor permeable air barriers. <a href="https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/7123233744088518146?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_medium=News%20Post&amp;utm_campaign=StickVP%20Resisto" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register</a> today!</p> <p>In the meantime, here is some more information to better understand permeance, critically examining the discussions around PERMs and choosing the right vapor-permeable air barriers for your future projects.</p> Choosing the Right Permeable Air Barrier Memberane <p>Several factors must be taken into account when selecting an air barrier membrane for a wall design. The main purpose of an air barrier is to prevent air leakage through the building envelope. Uncontrolled air circulation can cause heat loss and high resultant energy costs, not to mention increase the risks of condensation and mould g...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150033960/architecture-billings-index-in-september-retreats-slightly-after-seven-consecutive-months-of-growth Architecture Billings Index in September retreats slightly after seven consecutive months of growth Alexander Walter 2017-10-18T13:34:00-04:00 >2017-10-26T14:59:03-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lp/lpfdrpcvqqe652nw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>After seven months of steady growth in the &nbsp;demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) paused in September. [...] ABI score was 49.1, down from a score of 53.7 in the previous month. This score reflects a slight decrease in design services provided by U.S. architecture firms [...]. The new projects inquiry index was 59.0, down from a reading of 62.5 the previous month, while the new design contracts index eased somewhat from 54.2 to 52.9.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve seen unexpectedly strong numbers in design activity for most of 2017, so the pause in September should be viewed in that context&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;Project inquiries and new design contracts remain healthy, and the continued strength in most sectors and regions indicates stability industry-wide.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of September:<br></p> <ul><li>Regional averages: Northeast (56.9), South (54.0), Midwest (50.4), West (48.8)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (54.0), mixed practice (52.2), multi-family residential (51.0), institutional (51.0)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 59.0</li><li>Design contracts index: 52.9</li></ul><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1e/1exnltznyxf69y6b.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1e/1exnltznyxf69y6b.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vl/vlvz9zdkal6dvzf4.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vl/vlvz9zdkal6dvzf4.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gi/gi60sahoic0d1uat.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gi/gi60sahoic0d1uat.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em>All graphs represent data from September 2016 - September 2017. Images provided by the American Institute of Architects.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150033524/aia-makes-a-statement-against-u-s-withdrawal-from-unesco AIA makes a statement against U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-16T16:15:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4e/4exdw09cl12y6sdm.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>This week the U.S. announced their <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150032895/citing-anti-israel-bias-the-u-s-withdraws-from-unesco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">intention to withdraw from UNESCO</a> at the end of 2018. President of the AIA, Thomas Vonier, responded in support of the organisation.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Full release follows:</p> <p><em>Washington, D.C. &ndash; October 16, 2017 &ndash;<br>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement on the United States withdrawal from UNESCO. Please attribute to AIA 2017 President Thomas Vonier, FAIA:</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The American Institute of Architects has long supported the cultural mission of UNESCO, and especially its World Heritage Sites program, which seeks to identify and preserve buildings and places of exceptional importance to humankind. We hope and expect that the United States will continue to work with global stakeholders to protect such sites.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;In addition, UNESCO has recently agreed to join with the International Union of Architects (UIA) to designate a World Capital of Architecture every two to three years, choosing cities of outstanding character with the World Congress of...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150030645/the-aia-sounds-cautions-on-tax-reform-proposals The AIA sounds cautions on tax reform proposals Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-28T15:21:00-04:00 >2017-09-28T15:21:29-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5i/5i1wq8z7xwhydbd6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Wednesday, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/850700/president-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President Trump</a> and congressional Republicans rolled out a sweeping tax overhaul proposal that would&nbsp;radically slash business taxes, trim the number of individual tax rates to around three brackets, and expand the standard deduction and child tax credit for individuals. The plan has been applauded by Republicans, as well as&nbsp;business groups and the far-right House Freedom Caucus, who argue it would provide the country with a fairer, simpler tax system. Opposing the blueprint, Democrats contend that proposal delivers tax cuts for the rich at the expense of the middle-class.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Today, the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/238/aia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Institute of Architects</a> responded to the tax reform proposals advanced by the Administration and Congressional Republicans issuing caution and releasing the following statement by AIA 2017 President <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/599616/thomas-vonier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Vonier</a>, FAIA:<br></p> <p><em>Any tax reforms must do three basic things:</em></p> <ul><li><em>Support and strengthen small businesses, which account for the vast majority of U.S. architecture firms.<br></em></li><li><em>Encourage innova...</em></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/150029457/architecture-billings-index-in-august-continues-to-increase-pointing-to-future-healthy-growth Architecture Billings Index in August continues to increase, "pointing to future healthy growth" Alexander Walter 2017-09-20T15:49:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ka/kaj5x03vfl4x919f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>With all geographic regions and building project sectors showing positive conditions, there continues to be a heightened level of demand for design services [...] the August ABI score was 53.7, up from a score of 51.9 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services provided by U.S. architecture firms [...]. The new projects inquiry index was 62.5, up from a reading of 59.5 the previous month, while the new design contracts index eased somewhat from 56.4 to 54.2.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The August results continue a string of very positive readings from the design professions, pointing to future healthy growth across the major construction sectors, as well as across the major regions of the country,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;Given the focus and discussions around the infrastructure needs of the nation, we expect strong growth in design activity for the coming months and years."</em></p> <p>The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of August:<br></p> <ul><li>Regional averages: South (55.7), Northeast (54.3), Midwest (52.5), West (51.3)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (57.6), multi-family residential (53.8), mixed practice (52.5), institutional (50.1)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 62.5</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.2</li></ul><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2x/2x89o0bm94kiinz8.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2x/2x89o0bm94kiinz8.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3i/3iwtscc0y77pcc5t.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3i/3iwtscc0y77pcc5t.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dt/dt4fe1ran7tbwlqv.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dt/dt4fe1ran7tbwlqv.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em>All graphs represent data from August 2016 - August 2017. Images provided by the American Institute of Architects.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150028389/the-aia-urges-lawmakers-to-reject-rollbacks-and-issues-seven-infrastructure-principles The AIA urges lawmakers to reject rollbacks and issues seven infrastructure principles Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-13T19:54:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/g9/g9oeuz514day5p7o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/238/aia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Institute of Architects</a> released a statement this morning, in light of damage wrought by <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1001165/hurricane-harvey" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hurricanes Harvey</a> and <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1008449/hurricane-irma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Irma</a>, urging policy makers to reject any weakening of building codes. <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/599616/thomas-vonier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President Thomas Vonier</a> advocated for state and federal legislators to reject attempts to roll back protections pointing out that "designing buildings to minimize damage from such natural disasters as hurricanes matters not only for public health, safety, and welfare; it also makes complete economic sense."</p> <p>The AIA went on to remind that, like bridges and highways, America's buildings are infrastructure too, and as such, are crumbling. "Unless we include buildings in the discussion about our nation&rsquo;s infrastructure renewal" the statement warned, "taxpayers will be stuck with decrepit community places, higher bills when repairs come due and structures vulnerable to disasters and threats."</p> <p>Along with the above cautions, the AIA also released the following principles on infrastructure</p> <ol><li><em>Infrastruc...</em></li></ol> https://archinect.com/news/article/150028283/aia-president-thomas-vonier-named-president-of-the-international-union-of-architects AIA President Thomas Vonier named President of the International Union of Architects Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-13T14:03:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T15:07:53-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tv/tv5xcloh9z65nzo6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Established in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1948, the UIA is recognized as a non-governmental organization by the United Nations. It works on matters of professional and public interest through three permanent commissions and various work programs. It is chartered to unite architects internationally, without regard to nationality, ethnicity, or political viewpoint.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Thomas Vonier,&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/599616/thomas-vonier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">president of the AIA</a>, was elected President of the UIA (<a href="http://www.uia-architectes.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Union of Architects</a>)&nbsp;during the 2017 World Congress and General Assembly held in Seoul.&nbsp;</p><p>Vonier will remain AIA President until December. Carl Elefante, will be AIA President for 2018 and <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150005351/william-j-bates-faia-to-serve-as-2019-aia-president" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William J. Bates for 2019</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We must show the world how architecture can help to resolve the difficult issues facing society and our planet. The UIA is here to unify architects worldwide, influence global policies and outcomes, and advance the power of architecture to meet human needs,&rdquo; said Vonier during his campaign.<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150024193/architecture-billings-index-in-july-shows-continued-growth Architecture Billings Index in July shows continued growth Alexander Walter 2017-08-23T15:42:00-04:00 >2017-08-23T15:42:32-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dj/djvsk8ht11mwbj0f.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>For the sixth consecutive month, architecture firms reported increasing demand for design services as reflected in the July Architecture Billings Index (ABI). [...] score was 51.9, down from a score of 54.2 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 59.5, up from a reading of 58.6 the previous month, while the new design contracts index increased from 53.7 to 56.4.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The July figures show the continuation of healthy trends in the construction sector of our economy,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;In addition to the balanced increases in design billings across all major regions and construction sectors, the strong gains in new project work coming into architecture firms points to future growth in design and construction activity over coming quarters.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of July:</p> <ul><li>Regional averages: South (53.8), Midwest (53.8), Northeast (53.6), West (50.9)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (55.8), commercial / industrial (55.4), institutional (52.0), mixed practice (48.4)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 59.5</li><li>Design contracts index: 56.4</li></ul><figure><p><a href="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/uploads/7f/7fp925jaxix5be51.png" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/1028x/7f/7fp925jaxix5be51.jpg"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/uploads/n2/n2kjm4mywtte49y3.png" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/1028x/n2/n2kjm4mywtte49y3.jpg"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/uploads/iu/iu2viwzs09na575m.png" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/1028x/iu/iu2viwzs09na575m.jpg"></a></p></figure><p><em>All graphs represent data from July 2016 - July 2017. Images provided by the American Institute of Architects.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150023378/reach-aia-houston-and-the-houston-architecture-center-foundation-s-new-home ReACH, AIA Houston and the Houston Architecture Center Foundation's new home Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-18T15:27:00-04:00 >2017-08-18T15:27:17-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u3/u3hza4g7p917lvb1.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>After a three-year search that included more than 30 potential sites, the American Institute of Architects Houston Chapter selected the 1906 Riesner Building, to be the home of Architecture Center Houston, which is expected to open in mid-September. Originally, the three-story Riesner Building was a typical commercial building for its time, complete with double French doors facing the street.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The winning entry for the 'Re-Imagine Architecture Center Houston' competition, designed by&nbsp;Murphy Mears Architects, proposed to devote the&nbsp;first floor of ReACH to flexible office and meeting space, restore the original brick and openings in the West fa&ccedil;ade, and re-purpose the&nbsp;Boiler Room for events, exhibition.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/u2/u21hiz2rtm9gtlz1.png" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/u2/u21hiz2rtm9gtlz1.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>West facade elevation. Image courtesy of Murphy Meyers Architects</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ii/ii6t92z6r23fn44n.png" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ii/ii6t92z6r23fn44n.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of the interior. Image courtesy of Murphy Mears Architects</figcaption></figure><p><em>The city can look forward to bigger and better exhibits in the Architecture Center. Past offerings have featured Women in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Stage Design, Environmental Graphics and the work of talented local artists and craftsmen.&nbsp;</em><br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019935/the-aia-endorses-energy-efficiency-tax-incentive-legislation The AIA endorses Energy Efficiency Tax Incentive legislation Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-28T13:27:00-04:00 >2017-07-28T13:31:47-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zg/zg8wiubgwkx3bo7e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Today in Washington D.C. the AIA strongly voiced its support of bipartisan legislation that makes permanent a key energy efficiency tax incentive for owners and designers of energy efficient buildings and that expands its benefits to designers of hospitals, schools, tribal community facilities and other non-profits. H.R. 3507 introduced by Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) and co-sponsored by Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) also modifies Section 179D of the tax code &ndash; the Energy-Efficient Commercial Building Deduction - to make small to midsized architect firms organized as subchapter S corporations eligible for the deduction.<br></p> <p>The section 179D tax deduction was originally passed by Congress as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and has been extended several times until it last expired at the end of 2016.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.aia.org/press-releases/89731-study-documents-major-job-growth-from-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A recent economic study</a>&nbsp;found that &nbsp;nearly a million jobs over ten years &nbsp;and billions of dollars in annual GDP are created by this widely used deduction. This is ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019125/aia-s-consensus-construction-forecast-downgrades-expectations-for-2017-and-2018 AIA's Consensus Construction Forecast downgrades expectations for 2017 and 2018 Alexander Walter 2017-07-24T15:51:00-04:00 >2017-07-24T15:51:17-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6w/6wqra7p92xl2pavv.gif" border="0" /><em><p>Entering 2017, construction forecasters were quite optimistic about the near-term outlook for the industry. [...] However, as of the mid-year 2017 update, the grounds of this euphoria are evaporating. [...] key elements of the Trump administration&rsquo;s legislative agenda have made almost no progress. [...] As a result, the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast panel is predicting slower growth for the construction industry for the remainder of 2017 and through 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The slower estimated growth for 2017 is expected to continue through 2018. Overall spending growth is currently projected by the Consensus Forecast panel at 3.6 percent for next year, down modestly from the 4.9 percent forecast entering this year. Commercial construction is expected to perform closest to prior expectations, with the 4.0 percent expected growth in spending for 2018 down less than 0.5 percentage points from the late-2016 forecast. Industrial construction is now likely to see very modest 1.1 percent growth next year, down from the prior expectations of 3.3 percent, while the institutional outlook has dropped from the 5.8 percent forecast of six months ago to 4.1 percent with the current projections."</em></p> <p>For the full report and an interactive version of the infographic above, head over to <a href="https://www.aia.org/articles/139741-moderating-economic-growth-triggers-constru" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aia.org</a>.<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150018362/architecture-billings-index-in-june-ends-second-quarter-on-strong-note Architecture Billings Index in June ends second quarter on "strong note" Alexander Walter 2017-07-19T13:37:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T13:37:36-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uc/uczfstis7zjdo7hm.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>For the fifth consecutive month, architecture firms recorded increasing demand for design services as reflected in the June Architecture Billings Index (ABI). [...] June ABI score was 54.2, up from a score of 53.0 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.6, down from a reading of 62.4 the previous month, while the new design contracts index decreased from 54.8 to 53.7.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;So far this year, new activity coming into architecture firms has generally exceeded their ability to complete ongoing projects,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;Now, firms seem to be ramping up enough to manage these growing workloads.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of June:</p> <ul><li>Regional averages: South (54.8), West (53.1), Midwest (51.9), Northeast (51.5)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (57.1), mixed practice (53.8), institutional (52.6), commercial / industrial (52.1)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 58.6</li><li>Design contracts index: 53.7</li></ul><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/z3/z3n6uwrw0ndp2w1k.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/z3/z3n6uwrw0ndp2w1k.jpg"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/av/av7xjxr4h9q357v4.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/av/av7xjxr4h9q357v4.jpg"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/oh/oh6y9re4u7iff017.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/oh/oh6y9re4u7iff017.jpg"></a></p></figure><p><em>All graphs represent data from June 2016 - June 2017. Images provided by the American Institute of Architects.</em><br></p>