Architecture firm billings growth expanded in November by a healthy margin, according to the AIA. AIA’s ABI score for November was 54.7 compared to 50.4 in October. With the strongest billings growth figure since January and continued strength in new project inquiries and design contracts, billings are closing the year on a strong note.
“Despite some concerns about a potential economic downturn, architecture firms continue to report strong billings, inquiries, and new design contracts,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “For the coming year, concerns about the economy among architecture firm leaders tend to be balanced by their concerns about a lack of qualified employee prospects.”
The following are key ABI highlights for November:
- Regional averages: Northeast (56.8), Midwest (53.1), South (50.5), West (49.0)
- Sector index breakdown: commercial/industrial (53.8), mixed practice (53.8), multi-family residential (51.2), institutional (50.8)
- Project inquiries index: 63.1
- Design contracts index: 54.6