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AIA: “Architecture billings continue growth” in January

Note: This index is a leading indicator primarily for new Commercial Real Estate (CRE) investment.

From the AIA: Architecture billings continue growth into 2022
Architecture firms began 2022 with a slight improvement in business conditions, according to a new report today from The American Institute of Architects (AIA).

AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for January was 51.0 compared to 51.0 in December (any score over 50 indicates billings growth). Inquiries into new work and the value of new design contracts both remained strong with scores of 61.9 and 56.1 respectively.

“Architecture billings, while remaining at very healthy levels in recent months, have slowed considerably from the middle of last year,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “This no doubt reflects delays in the construction sector caused by supply challenges for both labor and materials, as well as ongoing staffing constraints at architecture firms.”

• Regional averages: South (61.2); Midwest (51.5); West (47.6); Northeast (46.8)

• Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (59.3); commercial/industrial (54.2); multi-family residential (50.1); institutional (47.3)
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This graph shows the Architecture Billings Index since 1996. The index was at 51.0 in January, unchanged from 51.0 in December. Anything above 50 indicates expansion in demand for architects’ services.

Note: This includes commercial and industrial facilities like hotels and office buildings, multi-family residential, as well as schools, hospitals and other institutions.

This index has been positive for the last twelve months.  

This index usually leads CRE investment by 9 to 12 months, so this index suggests a pickup in CRE investment in 2022.

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