Almost half of architecture billings include work to existing buildings says AIA survey | News


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According to an AIA survey, design projects that involve the renovation, refurbishment, expansion, or maintenance of existing buildings account for 48% of U.S. architectural firms’ invoices. The results that are part of 2022 AIA Firm Survey: The Business of Architecturecontinues a trend in which architects earned more on renovations than on new buildings for the first time last year.

According to the survey, institutional projects accounted for the largest share of billings for companies in 2021 at 43%. The billing share of residential projects also increased significantly from 18% in 2018 to 28% in 2021.

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The survey also provided insight into the structure and work processes of US companies. The proportion of multidisciplinary companies has continued to rise and is now 44%, after rising from 27% in 2002 and 36% in 2011. Meanwhile, 29% of companies said providing services to underserved communities is one of their core missions, while 10% of projects at companies involved programs that serve underserved communities.

60% of large companies said they have a sustainability or climate action plan, compared to 21% of medium-sized companies and 9% of small companies. BIM software usage has also increased across all sizes of business and is now almost universal among medium-sized and large companies. In small businesses, 52% of companies report using BIM for billable projects, up from 37% in 2019.

The report also notes that larger firms continue to absorb more market share from professionals, with firms employing more than 50 people now accounting for more than half of those employed in private practices.

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The report is one of several recently released by the AIA. Earlier this week, the Institute, in partnership with the ACSA, published its Guides for Equitable Practice, Equity in Architectural Education.

Also in October, new data from the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index indicated that demand for design services had risen for the 20th straight month.

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