AIA: Design Contracts Hit 33-Month Low

The monthly architecture billings index came in at a score of 49.1 last month, which is a 1.1-point decrease from last month and signifies contraction in the industry. By Katharine Keane AIA’s monthly Architecture Billings Index (ABI) for June came in at a score of 49.1....
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NCARB Explores Trends Shaping the Future of Architecture and Licensure

NCARB is studying how technological advances and shifts in practice could impact the future. NCARB is studying how technological advances and shifts in practice could impact the future of licensure. Washington, DC—What will the role of an architect look like in 25 years? As part...
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The International Code Council goes to court over free access to building codes

The International Code Council is embroiled in a lawsuit against the startup UpCodes, and the end result could affect how architects make decisions. By Bill Millard Potential productivity benefits for architecture, engineering, and construction may depend on the outcome of...
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Could Machine Learning Help Work-Life Balance in Future of Architecture?

The phrase “work-life balance” can elicit eye rolls from architects. But machine learning–assisted design will relieve drudgery and allow greater artistry in the future of architecture. by Mark Davis For many architects, working nights and weekends is part of the job, especially...
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Construction Spending Dips in May

Residential construction down 0.6% from April and down 11.2% from May, 2018. Construction spending during May 2019 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,293.9 billion, 0.8 percent (±1.2 percent)* below the revised April estimate of $1,304.0 billion, the Census...
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Jeffrey Soffer’s Turnberry Isle closes refinancings

Jeffrey Soffer now owns the Turnberry Resort after split with his sister and business partner By Katherine Kallergis JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa | Total loan: $340M TB Isle Resort LP, led by developer Jeffrey Soffer, received $91 million in financing for the JW...
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AIA: Billings Were Essentially Flat in May

The monthly architecture billings index came in at a score of 50.2 last month, which is a 0.3-point decrease over last month. By Katharine Keane AIA’s monthly Architecture Billings Index (ABI) for May came in at a score of 50.2. This is a 0.3-point decrease from last...
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As of December 2018, 115,316 architects are now practicing in the 55 U.S. jurisdictions, according to NCARB's survey. (Daniel McCullough via Unsplash)

NCARB figures show number of architects continues to grow

NCARB released data on how many architects there are in the United States in 2019, showing a 13 percent rise over the past decade. By Sydney Franklin The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has announced that the number of architects in the United States...
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AIA: Billings Rebound Slightly in April

Last month’s score of 50.5 puts 2019 billings back in positive territory. By Katharine Keane AIA’s monthly Architecture Billings Index (ABI) for April came in at a score of 50.5. This is a 2.7-point increase from last month’s score of 47.8, which had marked the...
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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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