Archinect - News 2017-08-23T17:34:52-04:00 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://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/dj/djvsk8ht11mwbj0f.jpg" width="650" height="511" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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/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://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/uploads/6w/6wqra7p92xl2pavv.gif" width="912" height="523" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/uc/uczfstis7zjdo7hm.jpg" width="650" height="525" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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/150017002/faraday-future-s-1-billion-electric-car-factory-in-nevada-stopped-in-its-tracks Faraday Future's $1 Billion electric car factory in Nevada stopped in its tracks Julia Ingalls 2017-07-11T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T13:27:50-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/v4/v4i3hwryfkff1ens.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This is the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979877/aecom-halts-work-on-faraday-future-s-1-billion-nevada-factory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">second</a> and likely final time construction will be halted on the one million square foot plant, which according to <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/10/15948976/faraday-future-halts-factory-nevada-cash-woes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Verge</a>, was going to be Faraday Future's way of competing with fellow electric car manufacturer Tesla.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/81/812divdh7qsmg6vh.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/81/812divdh7qsmg6vh.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Faraday Future's "FFZero1 Concept Prototype." Image: Wikipedia</figcaption></figure><p>As the article notes:<br></p> <p><em>It was just five months ago&nbsp;that FF was claiming that it was finally restarting construction of its proposed factory in North Las Vegas, almost 11 months after construction was first halted&nbsp;amid the company&rsquo;s ongoing financial woes. Now it looks like that factory will never be built, as FF is reportedly looking into pursuing less ambitious (re: cheaper) options.</em></p> <p><em><br></em></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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ly/lyrucphl0t81wm35.jpg" width="650" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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/150011654/co-founders-of-london-s-duggan-morris-to-amicably-demerge Co-founders of London's Duggan Morris to amicably demerge Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-09T14:59:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T00:47:27-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/3y/3y83d00b4fhmy7a5.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The founders of Duggan Morris Architects have split the practice.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Co-founders of the London-based firm&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/59631615/duggan-morris-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Duggan Morris Architects</a>&nbsp;have decided to split the business after a 13 year run. The duo, Mary Duggan and Joe Morris, had been a couple up until early 2016 and have finally released their plans to de-merge the practice following the end of their personal relationship. Joe Morris will continue on as Duggan Morris Architects, while Mary Duggan announced the launch of her eponymous new practice. She will take nine staff along with her as well as some clients.</p><p>The couple maintains that the professional parting is amicable and due to increasingly diverging interests. Since the firm was founded in 2004, they have grown into a practice of 50 and have received increasing attention and acclamation for their work. They have received nine RIBA Awards, the Manser Medal, the Stephen Lawrence Prize and two Mies van der Rohe European Prize nominations.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Here is the statement from the practice, in full:</strong></p><p><em>Since its inception by Joe Morris and Mary Duggan in 2004, Dug...</em></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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/yo/yoxh8pv7ha8azr2e.jpg" width="650" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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/150008782/if-chicago-s-john-hancock-center-gets-a-new-owner-it-could-get-a-new-name If Chicago's John Hancock Center gets a new owner, it could get a new name Justine Testado 2017-05-22T18:55:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T21:09:02-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/gn/gngegjsa4builflc.jpg" width="640" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Hearn's] venture also controls rights to the building's name, which has remained unchanged since John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. developed it [...] Hearn has been in talks with companies interested in putting their name on the skyscraper since the structure's namesake no longer pays for that right. "We've had interest in it, but have not made a deal yet," Hearn said. That process could be resumed by a new owner.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Chicago-based developer Hearn Co. currently plans on selling the John Hancock Center's office space, parking garage and, perhaps most interestingly, its naming rights later this summer. According to the Chicago Tribune, Hearn would use the proceeds from the naming rights toward a $10 million redevelopment of the tower's plaza.</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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/2h/2hqkmoba5sz4xilr.jpg" width="650" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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/150003454/developing-flexible-parking-garages-for-a-rideshare-dependent-la Developing flexible parking garages for a rideshare-dependent LA Justine Testado 2017-04-18T13:37:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T01:29:10-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/t0/t0sxr2csk6duns8u.jpg" width="540" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The strategy reflects a consensus among some developers and planners that California&rsquo;s vaunted car culture is inevitably going to run out of gas...[Andy] Cohen, co-chief executive of Gensler, predicts car ownership will peak around 2020 and then start to decline, with more Americans relying on some form of ride-sharing than their own vehicles by 2025. That means cars gradually would disappear from home garages, curbs and parking structures, freeing up acre upon acre of real estate for new uses.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Some developers are already planning for a not-so-far-off future Los Angeles where more people primarily rely on ridesharing (including from autonomous vehicles) than driving their own car, particularly in the form of parking garages that can be redesigned for other uses like commercial spaces or live/work units.</p><p><em>&ldquo;...despite what some believe is the inevitability of a transportation revolution, many builders are reluctant to pay for flexibility until changes in driving habits are more pronounced, said Los Angeles real estate attorney Justin Thompson of Nixon Peabody. A lot of developers may think, &lsquo;Well, that&rsquo;s going to be on the back burner for a while,&rsquo; Thompson said, &lsquo;but the progressive developers are going to factor this in.&rsquo;&rdquo;</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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/gc/gckzusl8kj374pc0.jpg" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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/149997935/the-issue-with-the-median-as-indicator-of-housing-affordability The issue with the median as indicator of housing affordability Alexander Walter 2017-03-17T13:39:00-04:00 >2017-03-17T13:41:51-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/pq/pqt33y78hg0l47f8.jpg" width="650" height="451" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The standard yardstick for judging housing affordability is to look at the median level of rents or home prices. As we all remember from statistics, the median is the observation in the middle of the distribution. And while for many purposes, it&rsquo;s a reliable indicator of typical prices, in some neighborhoods, particularly those with a mix of expensive and cheap housing, the median is actually a weak indicator of affordability.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"For an illustration of this problem, imagine two neighborhoods. In both places, the median home costs $300,000. But in the first neighborhood,&nbsp;every&nbsp;home costs exactly $300,000, while in the second, there are a range of homes from $100,000 to $500,000. Although both neighborhoods have the same median home price, the second neighborhood has some homes affordable to low-income people, while the first neighborhood does not. So&nbsp;rather than the median, or 50th percentile, home price, we really care about something like the 25th percentile: the home for which 75 percent of homes are more expensive."</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149997738/fearing-a-drop-in-skilled-workers-brexit-britain-looks-to-prefab-housing Fearing a drop in skilled workers, Brexit Britain looks to prefab housing Alexander Walter 2017-03-16T15:01:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T15:02:38-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/eg/egplvjqhf78u0und.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The prospect of Brexit choking off the supply of EU workers is reshaping Britain's homebuilding industry, with big companies increasingly looking to factory-manufacture houses in sections that can be slotted together on-site with minimal labour. Many of Britain's leading housebuilders, including Berkeley, Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon and Your Housing, told Reuters they were either planning new developments of prefabricated homes or considering doing so.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"You can almost feel the fear among the contractors and housebuilders where they've been surviving on labor from outside the country," says&nbsp;Mark Stevenson, a managing director of construction supplier Kingspan.&nbsp;"We're being pulled in a direction that customers want us to go in, from more work from the building site into the factory."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149995551/four-out-of-five-of-small-scale-developers-in-the-uk-have-gone-out-of-business-contributing-to-the-housing-crisis Four out of five of small-scale developers in the UK have gone out of business, contributing to the housing crisis Nicholas Korody 2017-03-06T13:17:00-05:00 >2017-03-06T13:17:51-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/9r/9rm0n0miu62dcvoh.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A new report by the online property marketplace LendInvest reveals that four out of five of Britain&rsquo;s housebuilders have gone out of business in the last 30 months. This is largely due to the dominance of the eight largest builders&mdash;responsible for constructing more than 50% of the country&rsquo;s new houses. This lack of competition contributes to the UK&rsquo;s massive housing shortage, which, in turn, drives up the price of homes.</p><p>According to the report, the UK government could help spur new development by making a percentage of land available exclusively for small and medium businesses, as well as simplifying tax burdens.</p><p>&ldquo;"80% of small-scale developers have gone out of business since the last housebuilding boom. That&rsquo;s an appalling statistic,&rdquo; states the CEO of LendInvest Christian Faes. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s meant less employment, less entrepreneurialism and fewer new homes on British streets where large-scale housebuilders didn&rsquo;t pick up the slack.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/lendinvest-reboot-britains-ailing-builders-to-fix-uk-housing-problem-2017-3?r=UK&amp;IR=T" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H/T Business Insider</a></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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/wn/wnwn5wtnfiyyxrtm.jpg" width="650" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/p7/p79mltb4xenwfpc5.jpg" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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/149986713/zaha-hadid-leaves-67-million-fortune-in-her-will Zaha Hadid leaves £67 million fortune in her will Justine Testado 2017-01-16T13:38:00-05:00 >2017-05-07T16:43:34-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/u1/u1wto18zo8aze178.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Hadid] bequeathed a lump sum of &pound;500,000 to her business partner Patrik Schumacher. Hadid also left a total of &pound;1.7m to four nieces and nephews, as well as her brother Haytham Hadid, whose share was &pound;500,000 [...] Her will, obtained by the Architects&rsquo; Journal, shows that the net value of her estate was &pound;67,249,458. The calculation was filed in the high court dated 14 December 2016 [...] The will shows Hadid is leaving her architecture practice, of which she was the sole owner, in trust.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/149985442/more-than-half-of-architects-work-more-than-40-hours-a-week More than half of architects work more than 40 hours a week Nicholas Korody 2017-01-09T13:03:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T21:35:43-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/qk/qkh6myzzut0uafye.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the first survey about the state of the American design industry, more than half of the 9,514 respondents reported working more than 40 hours a week, with the average logging in four extra hours over what&rsquo;s legally required of full-time workers in the US. Of the design industries surveyed, those working in design education, public relations, environmental graphics, and architecture logged the most overtime hours.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This probably doesn't come as a surprise to any practicing architects&mdash;working overtime, often well into the night, is common practice in the field. Moreover, this counts logged hours. But, as everyone knows, architects often work extra hours without billing for it, whether motivated by love of a project or hope for earning brownie points with the boss.</p><p>The good news? 80% of those surveyed said they were happy at their job.</p><p>More on the state of the profession:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149938311/the-internship-test-or-why-even-become-an-architect-at-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The internship test or: why even become an architect at all?</a></li><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/149977564/is-your-architectural-firm-a-practice-or-business" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Your Architectural Firm a Practice or Business?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970956/if-only-i-had-known-advice-for-prospective-architecture-students-from-former-students" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">If Only I Had Known: Advice for Prospective Architecture Students, from Former Students</a></li></ul> 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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/dc/dc2jt3scso4zzaok.jpg" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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/149983058/examining-the-politics-of-starchitect-megaprojects-in-abu-dhabi Examining the politics of starchitect megaprojects in Abu Dhabi Justine Testado 2016-12-16T15:18:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T23:19:12-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/kg/kg5edzi57rzrib7s.jpg" width="650" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Even if Abu Dhabi has almost unique economic and institutional conditions and rests for now as a borderline case of development profiles, it still highlights several common problems in contemporary large-scale development projects and in the use of star architecture in other parts of the world: little care for the context of branded projects, de-politicization of urban development, weak and inconsistent public planning...[and] spectacular architecture [for] global competition and media exposure</p></em><br /><br /><p>An excerpt from the upcoming book&nbsp;<a href="http://www.monacellipress.com/book/?isbn=9781580934688" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Starchitecture. Scenes, Actors, and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities&rdquo;</a> by Davide Ponzini and Michele Nastasi examines Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island megaproject, and argues how such projects show the&nbsp;little influence that famous architects can have on city-building initiatives today.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148814474/masdar-abandons-its-dream-of-becoming-the-first-zero-carbon-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Masdar abandons its dream of becoming the first zero-carbon city</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966419/architecture-has-sacrificed-its-aspiration-to-deepen-public-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture has sacrificed its aspiration to deepen public life</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133432736/gulf-labor-initiative-renews-criticism-of-abu-dhabi-museums-over-migrant-workers-rights" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gulf Labor initiative renews criticism of Abu Dhabi museums over migrant workers' rights</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149982893/airbnb-reveals-its-top-17-trending-city-neighborhoods-for-travel Airbnb reveals its top 17 trending city neighborhoods for travel Alexander Walter 2016-12-15T18:09:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T23:07:08-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/oh/ohe4ktjz7zj7iol3.jpg" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The hottest Airbnb deals are&mdash;surprise!&mdash;a little bit out of the way. The home-and-room rental platform has revealed the top 17 neighborhoods whose bookings grew the most this year, based on 140 million arrivals at 3 million homes. Peppered throughout are terms like &ldquo;off the usual tourist path&rdquo; or &ldquo;a tranquil outpost&rdquo; and &ldquo;though detached from city proper.&rdquo; [...] While smaller than many of Airbnb&rsquo;s major markets, these neighborhoods could be in for even more growth in 2017.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a data analysis <a href="https://press.atairbnb.com/17-neighborhoods-to-watch-in-2017-airbnb-data-reveals-trending-neighborhoods-for-travel/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> unveiled yesterday, Airbnb summarizes what travelers are allegedly looking for this year:</p><p><em>"In cities like Miami and Seoul, travelers to this year&rsquo;s trending neighborhoods can connect with Experience hosts for local access you won&rsquo;t find in typical tourist guides: In Miami&rsquo;s Midtown neighborhood, guests can experience the fun, mindful side of Miami with yoga by the beach, paddleboarding and fresh dining; near Daehangno in Seoul, visitors can book a journey through the underground food scene, getting front and center in the kitchens of some of the best restaurateurs in the country. Coming soon are Experiences in New Orleans, Seattle, Toronto, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Prague, Madrid, Dublin, Provence, Sydney, Bangkok and Osaka [...]."</em></p><p>Looking at the travel patterns of more than 140 million total guest arrivals at 3 million homes on Airbnb&nbsp;from 2015 to 2016, these city neighborhoods are reported as the 17 most trending for travelers in 2017:</p><ol><li>Milneburg in New Orl...</li></ol> https://archinect.com/news/article/149982571/manila-s-new-wavy-mixed-use-tower-opens-in-the-city-s-booming-financial-district Manila's new "wavy" mixed-use tower opens in the city's booming financial district Justine Testado 2016-12-13T17:12:00-05:00 >2016-12-17T22:04:22-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/z8/z8gdlbyiegxyx3vl.jpg" width="650" height="974" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite recent geopolitical&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149976141/despite-recent-territorial-disputes-over-the-south-china-sea-a-chinese-company-has-been-awarded-a-major-contract-to-build-artificial-islands-off-the-coast-of-the-philippines" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tensions</a>, The Philippines is projected to have one of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941912/connectivity-matters-most-in-global-urban-economic-growth" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fastest-growing economies</a>&nbsp;in the world, and one seeming indicator of that is the increasing number of tall corporate towers &mdash; some with, uh, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100729279/daniel-libeskind-s-60-story-century-spire-breaks-ground-in-metro-manila-philippines" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">distinctive</a> designs &mdash; that are sprouting up throughout Metro Manila. Another one of those developments is the newly opened City Center Tower, a mixed-use building that will house the Philippine headquarters for major tenants like Google, Filipino telecommunications giant Globe Telecom, and&nbsp;American healthcare companies.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cx/cxra3ln2tn0c0cws.jpg"></p><p>Designed by Brooklyn-based&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/www.cazarch.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carlos Arnaiz Architects</a> (CAZA), who also has an office in Manila, the 30-story tower was completed this month in the booming Bonifacio Financial District. The building also features three floors of commercial retail and a rooftop restaurant. The building distinguishes itself by the "organic wave pattern" on its exterior facade, formed by a series of concentric circles that extend across the horizontal axes of each flo...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149981513/craig-dykers-on-sn-hetta-s-innovation-lessons Craig Dykers on Snøhetta's innovation lessons Alexander Walter 2016-12-05T17:31:00-05:00 >2016-12-11T23:03:19-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/l9/l95d8edy6zvwy8k0.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;ve been privileged to interview Craig Dykers, founding partner in the extraordinary global architecture firm Sn&oslash;hetta, on several occasions and walked away each time incredibly inspired by the breadth and depth of their creativity and innovation approaches. [...] Analyzing their innovation process can yield important lessons for companies. Here are some highlights.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>Forbes</em> <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/michellegreenwald/2016/12/02/17-important-innovation-lessons-from-one-of-the-worlds-great-architecture-firms/#7152c30138af" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">list</a> of&nbsp;Sn&oslash;hetta innovation lessons and glimpses into the firm's intercontinental problem-solving process includes flat hierarchies, embrace of contrasts across a variety of sectors, an internal podcast, and celebration of good news, among many others.</p><p>Other Sn&oslash;hetta&nbsp;stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940804/sn-hetta-s-expanded-sfmoma-is-235-000-square-feet-of-egalitarianism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta's expanded SFMOMA is 235,000 square feet of egalitarianism</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943339/archinect-s-critical-round-up-of-sn-hetta-s-sfmoma-addition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up of Sn&oslash;hetta's SFMOMA addition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951182/the-mountaineers-craig-dykers-and-elaine-molinar-of-sn-hetta-on-one-to-one-27" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Mountaineers: Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar of Sn&oslash;hetta on One-to-One #27</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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/7b/7be22fv3x8lgt5k4.jpg" width="650" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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/149977564/is-your-architectural-firm-a-practice-or-business Is Your Architectural Firm a Practice or Business? Sponsor 2016-11-14T09:00:00-05:00 >2016-11-17T18:34:30-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ih/ihj3dxa52pzp2xp4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectSponsoredEd-Nov16" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ue/ue98beec2403e52h.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectSponsoredEd-Nov16" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>In my experience, most firm owners don&rsquo;t appreciate the significance of being at the helm of a business. At the risk of sounding clich&eacute;, they run a &ldquo;practice&rdquo; and they operate it as if they&rsquo;re just&hellip; well&hellip; practicing. This problem is evident in each firm&rsquo;s mission statement. Of the many I&rsquo;ve read, only a handful acknowledge the firm&rsquo;s ultimate goal is to sustain itself and be a profitable, successful business. <strong>This is a primary reason why architects are notoriously under-compensated.</strong></p><p>Mostly, firms use the mission statement as an opportunity to echo what every architecture school pounded into our brains: something touching upon the noble pursuit of our profession, improving the built environment, serving our clients and helping the planet. Neither our employees nor our clients can differentiate one firm from another. Imagine showing up at a conference and everyone is handed a name tag that reads &ldquo;Joe.&rdquo; Not much sense in that. Why bother w...</p> 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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/c0/c0ox1td61zx4oqkv.jpg" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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/149973169/does-the-size-of-your-firm-affect-your-pay-intermediate-architect-edition Does the size of your firm affect your pay? Intermediate architect edition Nicholas Korody 2016-10-13T19:21:00-04:00 >2016-10-18T08:57:18-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/pl/plmk35174axo4nui.jpg" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since 2013, Archinect&rsquo;s <a href="http://salaries.archinect.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Salary Poll</a> has collected information on job salaries and satisfaction. The data, submitted anonymously, is broken down into metrics such as firm size, location, position, years of experience, education level, etc. The results provide a helpful look at the state of architecture employment, and the factors that correlate both satisfaction and salary.</p><p>In line with Archinect&rsquo;s October theme, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149970812/open-call-for-submissions-xxl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">XXL</a>, we&rsquo;ve broken down salaries by the size of firms. Is bigger better when it comes to where you work? Or do smaller firms provide better wages?</p><p>For intermediate architects, it seems size does matter&mdash;for the most part. With responses from over 300 architects, the average salary in a small-sized firm (1-15 people) shakes out to $51,776 per year, while at a large firm (201-500), the average salary is $64,109. In fact, as the firm size increases, so does the salary. The one exception is firms with 100-200 people, where the average salary is just $55,503.</p><p>In any case,...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149971107/quickly-recover-from-missing-billable-hours-and-miscalculated-project-costs Quickly Recover from Missing Billable Hours and Miscalculated Project Costs Sponsor 2016-10-10T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-10-11T22:08:40-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ka/kagp8d33y4253h9w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectEditorialOct16" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ue/ue98beec2403e52h.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectEditorialOct16" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><strong><em>Learn how this Brisbane-based architectural firm is enjoying faster cash flow now.</em></strong></p><p><strong>About</strong></p><p>Based in West End, Brisbane, Tim Bennetton Architects is a small, private architectural firm with a single director and three employees. They work in an intimate, responsive environment that collectively values good design, simplicity and positive relationships. This Australian firm goes above and beyond for their clients to ensure that the joy remains through the ups and downs of their projects &ndash; from the initial meeting through to completion. Tim Bennetton and his team offer unparalleled service that provides excellent design, as well as an experience in transforming that vision into reality.</p><p><strong>Background</strong></p><p>Prior to finding the right software for their firm, Tim Bennetton Architects encountered many time tracking issues that made it difficult to estimate project costs and profits. &ldquo;We used something called Timesheet Professional, which tracked our times ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149970752/engineering-giant-arup-announces-imminent-layoffs-following-brexit-vote Engineering giant Arup announces imminent layoffs following Brexit vote Nicholas Korody 2016-09-26T17:27:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T22:55:01-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/l7/l7xltwerj1b9c1gp.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Article 50 still hasn&rsquo;t been triggered, but the fallout from Brexit is already impacting the UK and its economy. And, as many predicted, architecture isn&rsquo;t immune to its effects. In one of the first major post-referendum announcements pertaining to the discipline, engineering giant Arup has stated that it will lay off up to 10% of staff at its London Buildings Division.</p><p>As reported by the <a href="http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/arup-plans-redundancies-uk-a7fter-b7rexit-v7ote/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Construction Review</a>, the multi-disciplinary firm will cut some 90 jobs. Final decisions will be made by the end of next month. This falls in line with predictions that the construction industry will be among the hardest hit in the aftermath of the June 23rd decision. Uncertainty hovers over many big projects in the capital, such as the planned skyscraper known as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/638116/the-pinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Pinnacle</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3b/3bb2zptb4z9unvvi.jpg"></p><p>In an email sent to staff and quoted by the Global Construction River, Nigel Tonks, head of Arup&rsquo;s Buildings London office, states: &ldquo;We are seeing signs of delays in investment decisions, particularly in the commercial s...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149970031/american-home-sales-drop-unexpectedly-in-august American home sales drop unexpectedly in August Nicholas Korody 2016-09-22T12:57:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:26:33-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/f7/f76a14v4l3494a7n.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>U.S. home resales unexpectedly fell in August, crimped by a shortage of inventory that is boosting home prices faster than the pace of wage growth. The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday existing home sales declined 0.9 percent to an annual rate of 5.33 million units. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast sales rising 1.1 percent in August to a 5.45 million-unit pace.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>July's sales pace was also revised lower to 5.38 million units from the previously reported 5.39 million units. However, despite sales being at their second-lowest pace of the year, home resales were still up 0.8 percent from one year ago.</em></p><p>For more on the current state of the housing market in the States, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964055/the-us-housing-market-is-the-planet-s-biggest-concentration-of-financial-risk" target="_blank">The US housing market is "the planet's biggest concentration of financial risk"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960645/even-the-wealthy-are-having-trouble-buying-homes-in-silicon-valley-so-lenders-are-offering-zero-down-loans" target="_blank">Even the wealthy are having trouble buying homes in Silicon Valley, so lenders are offering "zero-down loans"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960015/facebook-enters-the-housing-market-and-it-s-probably-not-a-good-thing" target="_blank">Facebook enters the housing market &ndash; and it's probably not a good thing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959956/why-it-just-isn-t-possible-to-build-affordable-housing-in-the-current-u-s-housing-market" target="_blank">Why it just isn't possible to build affordable housing in the current U.S. housing market</a></li></ul>