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AIA: Modest Rebound in Architecture Billings Index Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 March 2010 06:38


Stimulus package having limited impact because funding not yet reaching intended recipients

Following a drop of nearly three points, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) nudged up almost two points in February. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the February ABI rating was 44.8, up from a reading of 42.5 in January.  This score indicates a continued decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry score was 52.0.

“We continue to hear that funding dedicated for construction projects in the stimulus package has not yet been awarded, resulting in a bottleneck of potential projects that could help jumpstart the economy,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “That, coupled with a persistently rigid credit market for private sector projects, is a key reason why the design and construction industry continue to suffer at near historic levels in terms of job losses.”
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AIA to Congress: Failure to Extend Unemployment and Renew Transportation Programs is Putting Politics First Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 16:01
“Three weeks ago, more than 700 members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) brought a blueprint for economic recovery and job creation to Capitol Hill.  Unfortunately some members of the Senate got the wrong message and instead are working hard to force people into unemployment and deny the kinds of assistance that out-of-work people need,” said AIA Executive Vice President / CEO, Christine McEntee. “The failure to extend the transportation program in particular means that worthy projects that will make communities more livable and will create jobs are now indefinitely on hold.  Architects are ready to go to work rebuilding and renewing America.  They and their communities need members of Congress to stop playing politics and help our country come back.”
 
AIA Reports Significant Drop in Architecture Billings Index Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 12:14


Tight credit markets and weak demand for new projects continue to be main challenges for design and construction industry

Beginning its third year of negative conditions, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) had a drop of almost three points in January. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI rating was 42.5, down sharply from a revised reading of 45.4 in December.  This score indicates a continued decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry score was 52.5, down more than seven points.

* Every January the AIA research department uses a procedure from the Department of Commerce that re-estimates ABI data based on seasonal patterns, resulting in a recalibration of recent figures.
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Nine Architects Selected to Receive the 2010 American Institute of Architects' Young Architects Award Print E-mail
Monday, 22 February 2010 10:09
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the nine recipients of the 2010 AIA Young Architects Award. Young Architects are defined as professionals who have been licensed 10 years or fewer regardless of their age. This award honors individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers. The Young Architects Award will be presented to the recipients at the AIA 2010 National Convention and Design Exposition in Miami.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 February 2010 16:27
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AIA develops case studies on Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Print E-mail
Monday, 01 February 2010 14:40
The AIA and AIA California Council (AIACC) have teamed up to produce case studies that showcase the value of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), the construction project model in which owner, design professional and builder jointly share a project’s risk and reward.

In a press release today, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and The AIA California Council, (AIACC) announced the results of this joint project focused on real building projects that utilized and implemented Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), during the building process. IPD is a construction project model in which owner, design professional and builder jointly share a project’s risk and reward. These studies  demonstrate the successful application of IPD in a variety of building types and scales in diverse regions of the country, and are the first installment of an ongoing evaluation process of how the IPD model might be incorporated nationwide to protect against project losses. In particular, all six participants in the study delivered projects on time and within budget using the IPD model, thus demonstrating the effectiveness of its use.
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AIA Diversity Recognition Program selects four Honorees Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 11:52
Program Lauds Efforts to Create a More Diverse and Inclusive Profession

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently announced that it has selected 4 honorees as part of its Diversity Recognition Program. Now in its second year, the Diversity Recognition program recognizes architects working in firms, schools, and other areas, as well as component chapters that are actively committed to increasing diversity and inclusion within the architecture profession.

“The DRP is about finding those grassroots efforts within our own ranks and using the AIA's structure to promote them,” wrote juror and 2010 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award recipient Benjamin Vargas, FAIA. “This is also an enormous resource to our other members who might be at a loss on how to start their own efforts. This program promotes faith in the AIA and in our members on the matter of social responsibility."
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AIA Selects 7 Communities for Community Assistance Program to Promote Long-term Sustainability Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 08:11
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Center for Communities by Design has selected Allegheny County, Pa., Allentown, Pa., Bridgeport, Conn., Coos Bay, Ore., Ithaca, N.Y., Oxford, Miss. and Portland, Maine  as seven communities to receive technical assistance under the Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program in 2010. 

The collaborative SDAT brings together architects and other professionals assembled from across the country to provide a roadmap for communities seeking to improve their sustainability – as defined by a community’s ability to meet the environmental, economic, and social equity needs of today without reducing the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
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