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US: After Some Encouraging Signs, Architecture Billings Index Drops Substantially Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 11:50
High level of inquires for new projects, but competitive marketplace is adversely impacting billings.

Following its highest mark since August 2008, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dropped more than three points in November. 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 November ABI rating was 42.8, down from 46.1 in October.  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 58.5, the same mark as in October.

“There continues to be a lot of uncertainty in the construction industry that likely will delay new projects in the near future,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Perhaps the President’s plan calling for loans for small business, funding for infrastructure projects and rebates for homeowners making energy efficient improvements will help speed a recovery in the construction industry.”
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Housing Downturn Resulting in Demand for More Infill and High-Density Options Print E-mail
Monday, 14 December 2009 11:46

Greater emphasis for housing closer to public transportation and job centers

Consumer preferences for community design that once preferred areas removed from metropolitan hubs is moving increasingly towards infill sites that have greater access to public transportation options. Mixed-use developments focused around denser is being favored in some cases over traditional neighborhood design with homes close to the street, sidewalks and smaller lots. These types of developments are still gaining in popularity, but at a slower rate than recent years most likely as the result of the overall economic challenges. Home exteriors with durability and low maintenance are also proving to be more popular in recent years.

Billings at residential architecture firms remain weak, but remodeling activity showing an improvement. These findings are from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the third quarter of 2009 that focused on community and neighborhood design.

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A look at Pugh + Scarpa, Recipient of the 2010 AIA Architecture Firm Award Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 December 2009 17:52

Last week the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors (BOD) voted for to receive the 2010 AIA Architecture Firm Award. The distinction is based on its 35 years of consistent excellent work, including its seamless blending of architecture, art, and craft; community involvement; attention to sustainable design; and nurturing of in-house talent.
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Last Updated on Monday, 27 September 2010 15:30
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A retrospective view of 2010 AIA Gold Medalist, Peter Bohlin - Part 2 Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 December 2009 12:57

We continue this retrospective look on Peter Bohlin, FAIA, founder of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. As explained in the first part of this article, the architect has just been awarded the 2010 AIA Gold Medal.

Presenting the Gold Medal, James Timberlake, FAIA described Peter Bohlin as a “…true American original. He represents the quintessential American qualities of innovation and inventiveness, combined with pragmatism. Despite his commanding presence and the very large shoes he wears, Peter does not shout in a room or in his architecture; instead, he speaks calmly and from a profoundly centered well-spring in his being."
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All Photographs are courtesy of the AIA

Last Updated on Monday, 07 December 2009 07:27
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A retrospective view of 2010 AIA Gold Medalist, Peter Bohlin - Part 1 Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 December 2009 11:45

The Board of Directors of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) voted on December 3rd to award the 2010 AIA Gold Medal to Peter Bohlin, FAIA. Bohlin, founder of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, which has five U.S. offices, is renowned for his versatile, contextual use of materials.
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All Photographs are courtesy of the AIA

Last Updated on Monday, 07 December 2009 07:23
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AIA Huron Valley's 2009 Honor Awards Recipients Print E-mail
Monday, 16 November 2009 13:31

LAS2As part of its commitment to advancing the contemporary understanding of architecture, the Huron Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Huron Valley) announced the recipients of its 2009 Honor Awards Program at its recent annual awards ceremony at the University of Michigan’s Union.

Twenty-four projects, designed by registered architects practicing in the Huron Valley Chapter area (Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties), were submitted for consideration by an independent jury.

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AIA's Billings Index Minimal Improvement in Architecture Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 09:49
As the nonresidential construction industry continues to struggle, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) showed a nominal improvement in September. 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 September ABI rating was 43.1, up slightly from 41.7 in August.  This score indicates a decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry score was 59.1, its highest level since September 2007.
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