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AIA’s Architecture Billings Index Indicates Industry Growth Remains Relatively Flat

Another month and still little change in the American Institute of Architect‘s Architecture Billings Index. Last month you might recall, the Index moved up less than a point from the month prior, taking it up to 50.6 (anything above 50 indicates an increase in billings and, more generally, growth within the industry). This month, there’s been hardly any movement at all, as it dipped down just one tenth of a percent, to 50.5. So there’s a slight dip, but there’s still very minor growth there, being above 50 as it as, and there has also been an increase in inquiries for new projects, so it seems safe to call it a draw. Here’s from the AIA’s resident man of numbers:

“Currently, architecture firms are essentially caught swimming upstream in a situation where demand is not falling back into the negative territory, but also not exhibiting the same pace of increases seen at the end of 2010,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “The range of conditions reported continues to span a very wide spectrum with some firms reporting an improving business environment and even ramping up staffing, while others continue to operate in survival mode. The catalyst for a more robust recovery is likely financing, with stronger growth occurring only when lending institutions begin approving credit for construction projects with much greater regularity.”

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