Archinect - News 2017-09-23T21:34:39-04:00 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 >2017-09-20T15:50:25-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s9/s9aio7hvfv5vkc5s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s9/s9aio7hvfv5vkc5s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s9/s9aio7hvfv5vkc5s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s9/s9aio7hvfv5vkc5s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> 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 srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dj/djvsk8ht11mwbj0f.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dj/djvsk8ht11mwbj0f.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dj/djvsk8ht11mwbj0f.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dj/djvsk8ht11mwbj0f.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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/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 srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uc/uczfstis7zjdo7hm.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uc/uczfstis7zjdo7hm.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uc/uczfstis7zjdo7hm.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uc/uczfstis7zjdo7hm.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150013767/architecture-billings-index-in-may-shows-gains-in-all-sectors-and-balanced-growth Architecture Billings Index in May shows gains in all sectors and "balanced growth" Alexander Walter 2017-06-21T13:53:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T13:54:22-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ly/lyrucphl0t81wm35.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ly/lyrucphl0t81wm35.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ly/lyrucphl0t81wm35.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ly/lyrucphl0t81wm35.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Design services at architecture firms continue to project a healthy disposition on the construction industry as the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) recorded the fourth consecutive month of growth. [...] (AIA) reported the May ABI score was 53.0, up from a score of 50.9 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The fact that the data surrounding both new project inquiries and design contracts have remained positive every month this year, while reaching their highest scores for the year, is a good indication that both the architecture and construction sectors will remain healthy for the foreseeable future,&rdquo; AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;This growth hasn&rsquo;t been an overnight escalation, but rather a steady, stable increase.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of May:</p> <ul><li>Regional averages: South (56.1), West (52.3), Midwest (50.4), Northeast (46.5)</li><li> Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (55.8), multi-family residential (51.3), commercial / industrial (51.2), institutional (51.2)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 62.4</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.8</li></ul><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/cq/cq2d811uad74l4h0.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/cq/cq2d811uad74l4h0.jpg"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ji/jiqzbe1h1uwab0h0.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ji/jiqzbe1h1uwab0h0.jpg"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/wv/wvk5fesdc6w1xsgu.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/wv/wvk5fesdc6w1xsgu.jpg"></a></p></figure><p><em>All graphs represent data from May 2016 - May 2017. Images provided by the American Institute of Architects.</em><br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150009120/architecture-billings-index-in-april-posts-third-consecutive-month-of-growth Architecture Billings Index in April posts third consecutive month of growth Alexander Walter 2017-05-24T13:58:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T14:00:00-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yo/yoxh8pv7ha8azr2e.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yo/yoxh8pv7ha8azr2e.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yo/yoxh8pv7ha8azr2e.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yo/yoxh8pv7ha8azr2e.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>After beginning the year with a marginal decline, the Architecture Billings Index has posted three consecutive months of growth in design revenue at architecture firms. [...] (AIA) reported the April ABI score was 50.9, down from a score of 54.3 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services [...]. The new projects inquiry index was 60.2, up from a reading of 59.8 the previous month, while the new design contracts index increased from 52.3 to 53.2.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;Probably even better news for the construction outlook is that new project work coming into architecture firms has seen exceptionally strong growth so far this year,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;In fact, new project activity has pushed up project backlogs at architecture firms to their highest level since the design market began its recovery earlier this decade.&rdquo; &nbsp;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of April:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (55.3), Midwest (53.3), West (50.9), Northeast (50.7)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: institutional (54.0), mixed practice (53.4), commercial / industrial (52.4), multi-family residential (49.9)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 60.2</li><li>Design contracts index: 53.2</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j8/j87zldzllo900t80.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h6/h69mzizcan3zm6i7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7z/7zrs1jtltj3d1d7c.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from April 2016 - April 2017, images via aia.org.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150003789/architecture-billings-index-in-march-ends-first-quarter-with-sizable-increase Architecture Billings Index in March ends first quarter with sizable increase Alexander Walter 2017-04-19T15:22:00-04:00 >2017-04-20T13:33:25-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2h/2hqkmoba5sz4xilr.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2h/2hqkmoba5sz4xilr.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2h/2hqkmoba5sz4xilr.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2h/2hqkmoba5sz4xilr.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The first quarter of the year ended on a positive note for the Architecture Billings Index (ABI). [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 54.3, up from a score of 50.7 in the previous month. This score reflects a sizable increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 59.8, down from a reading of 61.5 the previous month, while the new design contracts index dipped from 54.7 to 52.3.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The first quarter started out on uneasy footing, but fortunately ended on an upswing &nbsp;entering the traditionally busy spring season,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &nbsp;&ldquo;All sectors showed growth except for the commercial/industrial market, which, for the first time in over a year displayed a decrease in design services.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of March:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (54.6), South (52.6), Northeast (52.4), West (50.2)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (54.6), mixed practice (53.7), institutional (52.9), commercial / industrial (49.8)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 59.8</li><li>Design contracts index: 52.3</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zu/zuirvfen4w0x74mf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/15/15o4vskzs13aov6b.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xu/xuf3f69qrkam7n0s.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from March 2016 - March 2017, images via aia.org.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149998882/architecture-billings-index-in-february-climbs-back-into-positive-terrain Architecture Billings Index in February climbs back into positive terrain Alexander Walter 2017-03-22T13:56:00-04:00 >2017-03-23T13:28:19-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gc/gckzusl8kj374pc0.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gc/gckzusl8kj374pc0.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gc/gckzusl8kj374pc0.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gc/gckzusl8kj374pc0.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) returned to growth mode in February, after a weak showing in January. [...] (AIA) reported the February ABI score was 50.7, up from a score of 49.5 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.5, up from a reading of 60.0 the previous month, while the new design contracts index climbed from 52.1 to 54.7.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The sluggish start to the year in architecture firm billings should give way to stronger design activity as the year progresses,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;New project inquiries have been very strong through the first two months of the year, and in February new design contracts at architecture firms posted their largest &nbsp;monthly gain in over two years.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of February:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (52.4), South (50.5), Northeast (50.0), West (47.5)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: institutional (51.8), multi-family residential (49.3), mixed practice (49.2), commercial / industrial (48.9)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.5</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.7</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qj/qjhlblofa9f9jv27.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7a/7a2wrzsdf2glru2m.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/te/tevmiikk9vmvrbnq.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from February 2016 - February 2017, images via aia.org.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149993373/architecture-billings-index-in-january-enters-2017-with-modest-decrease Architecture Billings Index in January enters 2017 with modest decrease Alexander Walter 2017-02-22T15:43:00-05:00 >2017-02-22T15:43:21-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wn/wnwn5wtnfiyyxrtm.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wn/wnwn5wtnfiyyxrtm.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wn/wnwn5wtnfiyyxrtm.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wn/wnwn5wtnfiyyxrtm.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dipped slightly into negative territory in January, after a very strong showing in December. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 49.5, down from a score of 55.6 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.0, up from a reading of 57.6 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;This small decrease in activity, taking into consideration strong readings in project inquiries and new design contracts, isn&rsquo;t exactly a cause for concern,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;The fundamentals of a sound nonresidential design and construction market persist.&rdquo; &nbsp;</em></p><p><em>* Every January the AIA research department updates the seasonal factors used to calculate the ABI, resulting in a revision of recent ABI values.</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of January:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (54.2), Northeast (53.0), Midwest (52.4), West (48.8)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: institutional (54.6), commercial / industrial (53.4), mixed practice (48.1), multi-family residential (48.1)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 60.0</li><li>Design contracts index: 52.1</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vl/vlqk9hw2g94m4nca.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xf/xfm06lbhrd296mfe.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/do/dok39trdaedti51e.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from January 2016 - January 2017, images via aia.org.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149987146/architecture-billings-index-in-december-ends-year-with-sharp-uptick Architecture Billings Index in December ends year with sharp uptick Alexander Walter 2017-01-18T14:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-21T17:37:44-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p7/p79mltb4xenwfpc5.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p7/p79mltb4xenwfpc5.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p7/p79mltb4xenwfpc5.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p7/p79mltb4xenwfpc5.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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. [...] (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 55.9, up sharply from 50.6 in the previous month. This score reflects the largest increase in design services in 2016 (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 57.2, down from a reading of 59.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The sharp upturn in design activity as we wind down the year is certainly encouraging. This bodes well for the design and construction sector as we enter the new year&rdquo;,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;However, December is an atypical month for interpreting trends, so the coming months will tell us a lot more about conditions that the industry is likely to see in 2017.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of December:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (54.4), Northeast (54.0), South (53.8), West (48.8) &nbsp;</li><li>Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (54.3), institutional (53.3), mixed practice (51.9), multi-family residential (50.6) &nbsp;</li><li>Project inquiries index: 57.2 &nbsp;</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.2</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xy/xyq1fsuqkgg5y58b.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pn/pn37w3ur2b6oqdgp.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sa/saz6qgpnkdjwvddl.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from December 2015 - December 2016, images via aia.org.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149983541/architecture-billings-index-in-november-reports-another-slight-increase Architecture Billings Index in November reports another slight increase Alexander Walter 2016-12-21T13:05:00-05:00 >2017-01-18T14:03:37-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dc/dc2jt3scso4zzaok.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dc/dc2jt3scso4zzaok.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dc/dc2jt3scso4zzaok.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dc/dc2jt3scso4zzaok.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Coming off a modest increase after two consecutive months of contraction, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) recorded another small increase in demand for design services. [...] AIA reported the November ABI score was 50.6, essentially unchanged from the mark of 50.8 in the previous month. This score reflects a slight 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 55.4 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;Without many details of the policies proposed, it&rsquo;s still too early to tell the likely impact of the programs of the new administration,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;However, architects will be among the first to see what new construction projects materialize and what current ones get delayed or cancelled, so the coming months should tell us a lot about the future direction of the construction market.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of November:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (51.3), Midwest (50.9), Northeast (50.8), West (48.6)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: &nbsp;multi-family residential (51.7), mixed practice (51.3), commercial / industrial (50.4), institutional (49.5)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 59.5</li><li>Design contracts index: 50.2</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/91/91ysslu6z41bqhum.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h5/h5fpfmjkqeo1nvk1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3q/3qiliq7lfg0zd7i6.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from November 2015 - November 2016, images via aia.org.</em></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149978830/architecture-billings-index-in-october-improves-modestly-after-two-month-contraction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in October improves modestly after two-month contraction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974373/architecture-billings-index-declines-further-reflecting-uncertainty-over-u-s-presidential-election" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings I...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149978830/architecture-billings-index-in-october-improves-modestly-after-two-month-contraction Architecture Billings Index in October improves modestly after two-month contraction Alexander Walter 2016-11-16T13:52:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T13:11:04-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7b/7be22fv3x8lgt5k4.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7b/7be22fv3x8lgt5k4.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7b/7be22fv3x8lgt5k4.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7b/7be22fv3x8lgt5k4.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>After seeing consecutive months of contracting demand for the first time in four years, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) saw a modest increase demand for design services. [...] (AIA) reported the October ABI score was 50.8, up from the mark of 48.4 in the previous month. This score reflects a slight increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). &nbsp;The new projects inquiry index was 55.4, down sharply from a reading of 59.4 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;There was a collective sense of uncertainty throughout the design and construction industry leading up to the presidential election,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &nbsp;&ldquo;Hopefully we&rsquo;ll get a sense of what direction we will be headed once we get a clearer read on how the new administration&rsquo;s policies might impact the overall economy as well as the construction industry.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of October:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (53.7), West (49.7), Northeast (47.3) Midwest (46.8)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: &nbsp;multi-family residential (51.2) commercial / industrial (49.8), mixed practice (49.5), institutional (49.1)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 55.4</li><li>Design contracts index: 48.7</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xq/xq2vjr9bgt29c3n2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4q/4q6q44cq1phgc8vb.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/po/poa5srtqxibk74br.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from October 2015-October 2016, images via aia.org.</em></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974373/architecture-billings-index-declines-further-reflecting-uncertainty-over-u-s-presidential-election" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index declines further; reflecting uncertainty over U.S. presidential election</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149969755/architecture-billings-index-in-august-dips-below-50-overall-outlook-reported-as-positive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in August dips below 50, ...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149974373/architecture-billings-index-declines-further-reflecting-uncertainty-over-u-s-presidential-election Architecture Billings Index declines further; reflecting uncertainty over U.S. presidential election Alexander Walter 2016-10-19T14:42:00-04:00 >2016-10-25T23:34:00-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c0/c0ox1td61zx4oqkv.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c0/c0ox1td61zx4oqkv.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c0/c0ox1td61zx4oqkv.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c0/c0ox1td61zx4oqkv.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>For the first time since the summer of 2012, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) posted consecutive months of a decline in demand for design services. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI score was 48.4, down from the mark of 49.7 in the previous month. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). &nbsp;The new projects inquiry index was 59.4, down from a reading of 61.8 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;This recent backslide should act as a warning signal,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &nbsp;&ldquo;But this drop-off in demand could be continued hesitancy in the marketplace to move forward on projects until the presidential election is decided. The fact that new work coming into architecture continues to slowly increase suggests that billings will resume their growth in the coming months.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of September:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (53.4), Midwest (50.1), West (49.5), Northeast (44.0)</li><li>Sector index breakdown:commercial/industrial (50.4), mixed practice (49.8), institutional (49.0), multi-family residential (48.8)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 59.4</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.4</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149969755/architecture-billings-index-in-august-dips-below-50-overall-outlook-reported-as-positive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in August dips below 50, overall outlook reported as positive</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963790/architecture-billings-index-in-july-remains-in-positive-terrain-but-higher-volatility-expected-due-to-u-s-presidential-election" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in July remains in positive terrain but higher volatility expected due to U.S. presidential election...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149969755/architecture-billings-index-in-august-dips-below-50-overall-outlook-reported-as-positive Architecture Billings Index in August dips below 50, overall outlook reported as positive Alexander Walter 2016-09-21T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T23:27:28-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/no/novldair2rz9ru4a.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/no/novldair2rz9ru4a.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/no/novldair2rz9ru4a.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/no/novldair2rz9ru4a.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>On the heels of six out of seven months of increasing levels of demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell just below the positive mark. [...] (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 49.7, down from the mark of 51.5 in the previous month. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.8, up sharply from a reading of 57.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;This is only the second month this year where demand for architectural services has declined and it is only by a fraction of a point,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &nbsp;&ldquo;Given the solid numbers for new design contracts and project inquiries, it doesn&rsquo;t appear that this is the beginning of a broader downturn in the design and construction industry.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of August:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (55.2), Midwest (52.8), West (49.0), Northeast (44.9)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (51.8), multi-family residential (50.9), commercial / industrial (50.8), institutional (50.7)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.8</li><li>Design contracts index: 52.7</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963790/architecture-billings-index-in-july-remains-in-positive-terrain-but-higher-volatility-expected-due-to-u-s-presidential-election" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in July remains in positive terrain but higher volatility expected due to U.S. presidential election</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958838/architecture-billings-index-in-june-positive-for-fifth-consecutive-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in June positive for fifth consecutive month</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953248/architecture-billings-index-reaches-highest-score-in-nearly-a-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index reaches highest score in...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149963790/architecture-billings-index-in-july-remains-in-positive-terrain-but-higher-volatility-expected-due-to-u-s-presidential-election Architecture Billings Index in July remains in positive terrain but higher volatility expected due to U.S. presidential election Alexander Walter 2016-08-17T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-08-17T13:17:34-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rf/rf7icizmlzxgja0m.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rf/rf7icizmlzxgja0m.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rf/rf7icizmlzxgja0m.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rf/rf7icizmlzxgja0m.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) was positive in July for the sixth consecutive month, and tenth out of the last twelve months as demand across all project types continued to increase. &nbsp;[...] (AIA) reported the July ABI score was 51.5, down from the mark of 52.6 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). &nbsp;The new projects inquiry index was 57.5, down from a reading of 58.6 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The uncertainty surrounding the presidential election is causing some funding decisions regarding larger construction projects to be delayed or put on hold for the time being,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &nbsp;&ldquo;It&rsquo;s likely that these concerns will persist up until the election, and therefore we would expect higher levels of volatility in the design and construction sector in the months ahead.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Key ABI highlights for the month of July were reported by the AIA as:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (56.9), Midwest (50.1), Northeast (49.3), West (49.2)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (55.2), institutional (50.7), mixed &nbsp; &nbsp; practice (50.5), commercial / industrial (50.3)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 57.5</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.8</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958838/architecture-billings-index-in-june-positive-for-fifth-consecutive-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in June positive for fifth consecutive month</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953248/architecture-billings-index-reaches-highest-score-in-nearly-a-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index reaches highest score in nearly a year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945983/architecture-billings-index-displays-continued-modest-growth-in-april" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index displays continued modest growt...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149958838/architecture-billings-index-in-june-positive-for-fifth-consecutive-month Architecture Billings Index in June positive for fifth consecutive month Alexander Walter 2016-07-20T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-08T14:16:08-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/th/thatzpar592r4qf5.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/th/thatzpar592r4qf5.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/th/thatzpar592r4qf5.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/th/thatzpar592r4qf5.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Buoyed by increasing levels of demand across all project types, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) was positive in June for the fifth consecutive month. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the June ABI score was 52.6, down from the mark of 53.1 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 58.6, down from a reading of 60.1 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of June:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (55.5), West (54.1), Northeast (51.8), Midwest (48.2)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (57.9), institutional (52.7), mixed practice (51.0), commercial / industrial (50.3)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 58.6</li><li>Design contracts index: 49.7</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953248/architecture-billings-index-reaches-highest-score-in-nearly-a-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index reaches highest score in nearly a year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945983/architecture-billings-index-displays-continued-modest-growth-in-april" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index displays continued modest growth in April</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941581/architecture-billings-index-concludes-first-quarter-on-continued-positive-note" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index concludes first quarter on continued positive note</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149953248/architecture-billings-index-reaches-highest-score-in-nearly-a-year Architecture Billings Index reaches highest score in nearly a year Alexander Walter 2016-06-22T14:21:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T21:00:35-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o0/o0hik29wl1zyylep.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o0/o0hik29wl1zyylep.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o0/o0hik29wl1zyylep.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o0/o0hik29wl1zyylep.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Led by a still active multi-family housing market and sustained by solid levels of demand for new commercial and retail properties, the Architecture Billings Index has accelerated to its highest score in nearly a year. [...] May ABI score was 53.1, up sharply from the mark of 50.6 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 60.1, up from a reading of 56.9 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA states these key ABI highlights for the month of May:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: West (53.8), South (53.7), Northeast (51.2), Midwest (49.9)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (53.7), institutional (53.0), commercial / industrial (51.0), mixed practice (51.0),</li><li>Project inquiries index: 60.1</li><li>Design contracts index: 52.8</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945983/architecture-billings-index-displays-continued-modest-growth-in-april" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index displays continued modest growth in April</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941581/architecture-billings-index-concludes-first-quarter-on-continued-positive-note" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index concludes first quarter on continued positive note</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936152/architecture-billings-index-slightly-up-in-february-at-50-3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index slightly up in February at 50.3</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149946727/editor-s-picks-446 Editor's Picks #446 Nam Henderson 2016-05-23T09:19:00-04:00 >2016-05-29T23:35:23-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2u/2uwj1i27bgdlzi2n.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2u/2uwj1i27bgdlzi2n.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2u/2uwj1i27bgdlzi2n.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2u/2uwj1i27bgdlzi2n.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/roberturquhart" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Urquhart</a> spoke with curators <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149943348/previewing-the-2016-venice-biennale-the-british-pavilion-s-home-economics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jack Self, Shumi Bose and Finn Williams, previewing their British Pavilion for the 2016 Venice Biennale</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>As they explained;&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>We&rsquo;re interested in the influence of bureaucratic apparatus like the Terms &amp; Conditions of Airbnb, the semantics of a mortgage, or the lifespan of product warranties, on the design of the home. But rather than seeing these as constraints, we want to show these as fields where architecture can expand its agency.</em>"</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940804/sn-hetta-s-expanded-sfmoma-is-235-000-square-feet-of-egalitarianism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plus, </a><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940804/sn-hetta-s-expanded-sfmoma-is-235-000-square-feet-of-egalitarianism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> h</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940804/sn-hetta-s-expanded-sfmoma-is-235-000-square-feet-of-egalitarianism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ad a chance to visit</a>&nbsp;Sn&oslash;hetta's expanded SFMOMA.&nbsp;Her conclusion, that it "<em>elegantly achieves its stated goals of being accessible and welcoming to all, if not necessarily being a stunning piece of architecture in its own right.</em>"&nbsp;<strong>LiMX</strong> liked what he read "<em>Good review, not the boring contrarianism I've read elsewhere.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/be/beiqs9pervq5nf04.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>In late April the Vanna Venturi House, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944193/vanna-venturi-house-s-new-owner-plans-to-preserve-property" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">was sold after more than nine months on the open market</a>.&nbsp;In response <strong>quondam&hellip;</strong>, <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> and others, explored whether a building as "<em>volumi...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149945983/architecture-billings-index-displays-continued-modest-growth-in-april Architecture Billings Index displays continued modest growth in April Alexander Walter 2016-05-18T12:22:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:48:11-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qu/qu4ds71foqxgjdm6.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qu/qu4ds71foqxgjdm6.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qu/qu4ds71foqxgjdm6.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qu/qu4ds71foqxgjdm6.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>After beginning the year with a decline, the Architecture Billings Index has posted three consecutive months of increasing demand for design activity at architecture firms. [...] (AIA) reported the April ABI score was 50.6, down from the mark of 51.9 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 56.9, down from a reading of 58.1 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Key ABI highlights for the month of April were reported by the AIA as:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (52.2), Northeast (51.5), West (50.8), Midwest (50.8)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (53.7), commercial / industrial (52.0), mixed practice (50.0), institutional (49.0)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 56.9</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.3</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941581/architecture-billings-index-concludes-first-quarter-on-continued-positive-note" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index concludes first quarter on continued positive note</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936152/architecture-billings-index-slightly-up-in-february-at-50-3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index slightly up in February at 50.3</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148346407/architecture-billings-index-begins-year-with-modest-dip-into-negative-terrain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index begins year with modest dip into negative terrain</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149941581/architecture-billings-index-concludes-first-quarter-on-continued-positive-note Architecture Billings Index concludes first quarter on continued positive note Alexander Walter 2016-04-20T12:41:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:07:44-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/km/kmt6qcl1nfikl4xd.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/km/kmt6qcl1nfikl4xd.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/km/kmt6qcl1nfikl4xd.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/km/kmt6qcl1nfikl4xd.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index reflects consecutive months of increasing demand for design activity at architecture firms. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 51.9, up from the mark of 50.3 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 58.1, down from a reading of 59.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA states these key ABI highlights for the month of March:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (52.4), Northeast (51.0), West (50.4), Midwest (49.8)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (55.7), commercial / industrial (51.8), mixed practice (50.0), institutional (48.0)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 58.1</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.8</li></ul><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a> in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936152/architecture-billings-index-slightly-up-in-february-at-50-3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index slightly up in February at 50.3</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148346407/architecture-billings-index-begins-year-with-modest-dip-into-negative-terrain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index begins year with modest dip into negative terrain</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146190281/architecture-billings-index-ends-the-year-in-positive-terrain-at-50-9" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index ends the year in positive terrain at 50.9</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149936152/architecture-billings-index-slightly-up-in-february-at-50-3 Architecture Billings Index slightly up in February at 50.3 Alexander Walter 2016-03-23T12:30:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T00:53:22-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1a/1acrh9vo8h2o54du.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1a/1acrh9vo8h2o54du.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1a/1acrh9vo8h2o54du.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1a/1acrh9vo8h2o54du.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index saw a dip into negative terrain for the first time in five months in January, but inched back up in February with a small increase in demand for design services... [AIA] reported the February ABI score was 50.3, up slightly from the mark of 49.6 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor 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 55.3 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Key highlights for the month of November were reported by the AIA as following:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (51.1), West (49.9), Northeast (49.5), Midwest (49.3)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (53.0), commercial / industrial (52.3), institutional (48.1), mixed practice (47.7)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 59.5</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.7</li></ul><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a> in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148346407/architecture-billings-index-begins-year-with-modest-dip-into-negative-terrain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index begins year with modest dip into negative terrain</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146190281/architecture-billings-index-ends-the-year-in-positive-terrain-at-50-9" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index ends the year in positive terrain at 50.9</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143509190/architecture-billings-index-in-november-dips-slightly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in November dips slightly</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/148346407/architecture-billings-index-begins-year-with-modest-dip-into-negative-terrain Architecture Billings Index begins year with modest dip into negative terrain Alexander Walter 2016-02-17T12:44:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T23:29:22-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uo/uogu3afz15e7ep77.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uo/uogu3afz15e7ep77.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uo/uogu3afz15e7ep77.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uo/uogu3afz15e7ep77.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Following a generally positive performance in 2015, the Architecture Billings Index has begun this year modestly dipping back into negative terrain. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 49.6, down slightly from the mark of 51.3 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 55.3, down from a reading of 60.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA states these key ABI highlights for the month of January:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: West (50.8), Northeast (50.4), South (50.3), Midwest (48.9)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (51.9), commercial / industrial (50.5), institutional (49.9), mixed practice (49.0)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 55.3</li><li>Design contracts index: 50.9</li></ul><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a> in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146190281/architecture-billings-index-ends-the-year-in-positive-terrain-at-50-9" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index ends the year in positive terrain at 50.9</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143509190/architecture-billings-index-in-november-dips-slightly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in November dips slightly</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141359175/architecture-billings-index-in-october-still-showing-an-increase-in-design-services" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in October still showing an increase in design services</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/146190281/architecture-billings-index-ends-the-year-in-positive-terrain-at-50-9 Architecture Billings Index ends the year in positive terrain at 50.9 Alexander Walter 2016-01-20T12:34:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T23:15:34-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ux/uxqwt46az99l8mfj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ux/uxqwt46az99l8mfj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ux/uxqwt46az99l8mfj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ux/uxqwt46az99l8mfj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>There were a few occasions where demand for design services decreased from a month-to-month basis in 2015, but the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) concluded the year in positive terrain and was so in eight of the twelve months of the year. [...] (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 50.9, up from the mark of 49.3 in the previous month. This score reflects a slight increase in design services [...]. The new projects inquiry index was 60.2, up from a reading of 58.6 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Key ABI highlights for the month of December were reported by the AIA as:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: West (53.7), South (53.3), Northeast (46.7), Midwest (46.1)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (52.9), institutional (52.2), commercial / industrial (47.3), mixed practice (46.5)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 60.2</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.0</li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/143509190/architecture-billings-index-in-november-dips-slightly Architecture Billings Index in November dips slightly Alexander Walter 2015-12-16T11:46:00-05:00 >2015-12-16T11:47:56-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/da/dat5l0nosbow1gyo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/da/dat5l0nosbow1gyo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/da/dat5l0nosbow1gyo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/da/dat5l0nosbow1gyo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>As has been the case a few times already this year, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dipped in November. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the November ABI score was 49.3, down from the mark of 53.1 in the previous month. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.6, up just a nudge from a reading of 58.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Key highlights for the month of November were reported by the AIA as following:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (55.4), West (54.5), Midwest (47.8), Northeast (46.2)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (53.8), institutional (52.0), commercial / industrial (51.0), mixed practice (47.6)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 58.6</li><li>Design contracts index: 53.5</li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/141359175/architecture-billings-index-in-october-still-showing-an-increase-in-design-services Architecture Billings Index in October still showing an increase in design services Alexander Walter 2015-11-18T13:21:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T22:19:18-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ha/ha8h46cj4iy0n1tj.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ha/ha8h46cj4iy0n1tj.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ha/ha8h46cj4iy0n1tj.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ha/ha8h46cj4iy0n1tj.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) returned to positive territory after a slight dip in August, and has seen growth in six of the nine months of the year so far. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI score was 53.7, up from a mark of 49.1 in August. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.0, down from a reading of 61.8 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA reports the following key ABI highlights for the month of October:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (56.2), West (54.4), Midwest (52.6), Northeast (49.2)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (55.1), mixed practice (54.9), multi-family residential (52.5), institutional (51.4)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 58.5</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.7</li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/139700191/editor-s-picks-432 Editor's Picks #432 Nam Henderson 2015-10-25T18:43:00-04:00 >2015-10-27T11:19:44-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sj/sjpxdoyqo3734oq0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sj/sjpxdoyqo3734oq0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sj/sjpxdoyqo3734oq0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sj/sjpxdoyqo3734oq0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;penned an essay on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/138573406/the-humanity-of-the-chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The humanity of the Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>,&nbsp;wherein she argues "<em>the Biennial is more about architects than it is about architecture.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile <a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;reviewed the book <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/138591091/the-in-crowd-review-of-conversations-with-architects-in-the-age-of-celebrity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conversations with Architects: In the Age of Celebrity</a>, by former corporate interior designer turned international architectural curator Vladimir Belogolovsky.&nbsp;<strong>DTElmore </strong>was convinced "<em>this article has helped me to see that now, more than ever, buildings and criticism of buildings are inextricably linked to the characters that design them, possibly to the detriment of architecture.</em>"</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y4/y471wfmt9gzridb4.jpg"></p><p>Moscow is on a roll, of post-industrial rehab; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139031170/renzo-piano-building-workshop-redesigns-moscow-power-station-into-art-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">with Renzo Piano Building Workshop releasing a redesign - for turning a Moscow power station into an art site for the V-A-C Foundation</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139028758/neutelings-riedijk-architects-propose-these-flamboyant-golden-glass-and-steel-towers-for-defunct-moscow-auto-plant" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutelings Riedijk Architects proposing golden glass and steel towers for a defunct Moscow auto plant</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vf/vf4uh0x8vl4llvyf.jpg"></p><p>The SANAA designed arts and community center, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138428052/sanaa-s-meandering-river-community-center-opens-to-the-public" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the River</a>, finally opened its doors to the public...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/139458472/architecture-billings-index-swings-back-robustly-in-september Architecture Billings Index swings back robustly in September Julia Ingalls 2015-10-21T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T20:42:47-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sl/sltc7xwlrzy3p7yu.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sl/sltc7xwlrzy3p7yu.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sl/sltc7xwlrzy3p7yu.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sl/sltc7xwlrzy3p7yu.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI score was 53.7, up from a mark of 49.1 in August. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although the multi-family residential sector continues its eighth-month weak streak, the majority of sectors of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137334669/architecture-billings-index-retracts-slightly-in-august" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index</a> showed signs of growth after a backpedaling August. According to&nbsp;AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD, "a lack of a deep enough talent pool to keep up with demand" is an issue for the industry, meaning <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126437029/there-are-tons-of-architecture-job-openings-these-days-why-aren-t-you-hired-yet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the news is good for job-seekers</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ci/ciqt3labbaprudce.jpg"></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/137762484/editor-s-picks-430 Editor's Picks #430 Nam Henderson 2015-09-29T13:21:00-04:00 >2015-10-03T17:20:12-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sw/sw8gkqsithibvdy1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sw/sw8gkqsithibvdy1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sw/sw8gkqsithibvdy1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sw/sw8gkqsithibvdy1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>,&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect, reviewed "<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/135460042/finding-shelter-in-los-angeles-housing-chaos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shelter</a>" the debut exhibition at the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/315476/a-d-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and Design Museum</a>&rsquo;s new location in Los Angeles' Arts District.&nbsp;Despite what you might assume&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>Shelter isn&rsquo;t about designing for the 21st century family, or the millenial, or the homeless, in Los Angeles &ndash; it&rsquo;s about forming new expectations of how housing and the city should interact...housing imagined in Shelter is about merging L.A.&rsquo;s residential spaces with its civic topography, forming a less privatized residential existence in the city</em>".</p><p>The winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition were selected. In the "Speculative" category "Grassroots Cactivism" by Ali Chen took <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/136742264/and-the-winners-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-speculative-category-are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first place</a>. While "Liquifying Aquifers by Lujac Desautel <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/136743068/and-the-winners-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-pragmatic-category-are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">won first place</a> in the "Pragmatic" category.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/15884683/deane-madsen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deane Madsen</a>&nbsp;was impressed "<em>A timely and relevant competition with thoughtful responses. Well done, all around!</em>"<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137359601/zaha-hadid-announced-as-winner-of-2016-royal-gold-medal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dame Zaha Hadid was announced as winner of 2016 Royal Gold Medal</a>. Sir&nbsp;Peter C...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/137334669/architecture-billings-index-retracts-slightly-in-august Architecture Billings Index retracts slightly in August Alexander Walter 2015-09-23T12:41:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T00:37:08-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tp/tp15a591001ztn4q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tp/tp15a591001ztn4q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tp/tp15a591001ztn4q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tp/tp15a591001ztn4q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) slipped in August after showing mostly healthy business conditions so far this year. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 49.1, down from a mark of 54.7 in July. This score reflects a slight decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.8, down from a reading of 63.7 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA states these key ABI highlights for the month of August:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (56.1), South (53.8), West (50.2) Northeast (46.8)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: institutional (53.7), mixed practice (52.8), commercial / industrial (49.7) multi-family residential (49.5)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.8</li><li>Design contracts index: 55.3</li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/134653690/architecture-billings-index-in-july-reflects-healthy-and-sustained-demand-for-design-services Architecture Billings Index in July reflects "healthy and sustained demand for design services" Alexander Walter 2015-08-19T16:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T18:44:52-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hj/hjbdq03znvejk6l3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hj/hjbdq03znvejk6l3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hj/hjbdq03znvejk6l3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hj/hjbdq03znvejk6l3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is reflecting healthy and sustained demand for design services in nearly all nonresidential project types. [...] (AIA) reported the July ABI score was 54.7, down a point from a mark of 55.7 in June. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 63.7, up slightly from a reading of 63.4 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA summarizes these key ABI highlights for the month of July:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (58.2), South (55.7), West (53.8) Northeast (53.5)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: institutional (57.3), mixed practice (56.8), commercial / industrial (53.4) multi-family residential (49.8)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 63.7</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.5</li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/132488419/increasing-demand-for-education-healthcare-and-government-buildings-bolsters-architectural-billings-index Increasing demand for education, healthcare, and government buildings bolsters Architectural Billings Index Julia Ingalls 2015-07-22T13:33:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T18:39:45-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oc/ocs2qp7hjah8ibt8.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oc/ocs2qp7hjah8ibt8.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oc/ocs2qp7hjah8ibt8.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oc/ocs2qp7hjah8ibt8.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>According to the <a href="http://www.aia.org/press/releases/AIAB106918" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA</a>, while the demand for multi-family housing has slowed, many other design sectors, especially those related to institutional facilities, have prompted a significant increase in the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/107273/architecture-billings-index" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architectural billings index</a>, from 51.9 in May to 55.7 in June. To provide perspective, the meaning of these figures is based on a median of 50.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b2/b2zf8jvgwtf4uhg2.jpg"></p><p>A figure below 50 indicates a decline in average billings, while a figure above is a sign of expansion. The rapid uptick is echoed in the new projects inquiry index, which has currently rocketed to 63.4, up from 61.1 in May. Regionally, the Midwest is currently the hottest place for growth, with an average of 57.2, while the Northeast is trending gently upward with an ABI of 50.4.&nbsp;</p>