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Increasing Diversity in Architecture: Firm Initiatives

The last of a three-part series on improving representation in the building profession describes programs organized by several architecture and engineering firms to diversify their talent pool and future leadership. By Alice Liao Architecture remains very much a white profession,...
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Architecture Billings Index dips for the first time in two years

Following 25 months of high demand, the Architecture Billings Index, the AIA’s tool for measuring design service demanda, has contracted. By Jonathan Hilburg The AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI), the institute’s indicator of nonresidential construction activity, has...
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UpCodes AI, a program that checks building plans against building codes, is on of the subjects of a lawsuit by the International Codes Council, the nonprofit that writes model building codes used in the U.S. The ICC claims they have copyright over the codes and require a license fee for their use. All images courtesy UpCodes

A startup’s ‘spellcheck for buildings’ program is innovative. But does it violate copyright?

UpCodes, which is trying to disrupt the business of building codes, believes fair use means free access By Patrick Sisson A court case involving building codes—both how we create them, and where technology can help make them easier to understand—suggests the simple concept of...
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AIA: Billings Backslide in March

This marks the end of a 25-month run of positive billings. By Katharine Keane The AIA’s monthly Architecture Billings Index (ABI) for March came in at a score of 47.8, a 2.5-point decrease from the previous month’s score of 50.3. It was the first time in which the...
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AIA: Billings Ease But Remain Positive in February

Despite the slowed overall growth last month, the South posted strong gains over January. By Katharine Keane The AIA’s monthly Architecture Billings Index (ABI) came in at a score of 50.3 in February, a 5-point decrease from the previous month’s score of 55.3, but...
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Billionaire Florida Panthers owner pays record $10M for condo at Auberge

Brian Bandell Vincent Viola, the billionaire owner of the Florida Panthers, and wife Teresa Viola paid $10 million for a double-sized condo in the new Auberge Beach Residences & Spa Fort Lauderdale. The deal set a price record for the most expensive condo to ever sell in...
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AIA Guides for Equitable Practice Offer More Than Workplace Strategies

Now available on AIA’s website, the guides package instructional content, legal resources, and personal testimonials that support the need for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the profession. By Wanda Lau Established in 2017, AIA’s Equity and the Future of Architecture...
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The Weekly Dish: Del Frisco’s steakhouse inks lease at Met Square & more

Paulie Gee’s, Vagabond Sushi, Tarpon Bend and Elysian at St. Roch all closed By Katherine Kallergis Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse | Downtown Miami Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse signed a 15,000-square-foot lease in downtown Miami, the company confirmed. The...
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Miami’s antiquated permitting system gets a reboot, but developers remain wary

ePlan is intended to cut red tape and wait time on projects, but the city still lacks manpower, industry pros say By Katherine Kallergis | Research by Haru Coryne Being a developer can take a good amount of patience, but in Miami that virtue has long been put to the test. Initial...
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The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is launching a campaign to diversify its predominantly white and male workforce. (Courtesy Flickr)

Construction industry launches campaign to diversify national workforce

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), a group that represents thousands of construction workers and contracting firms nationwide, is launching a campaign to diversify its predominantly white and male workforce. By Ali Oriaku The Associated General Contractors of...
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