May 11, 2007
  Firms Report Steady Growth in October
Most expect design upturn to continue through 2007
Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA, reports that design activity for nonresidential buildings remained strong in October, while residential activity continued its downward spiral. Overall, the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index just about maintained its September level. Firms are expecting modest gains in activity next year, with larger firms the most optimistic.

The Economy • Human Resources• The World

The Economy: 2007 corporate profit growth will be about 8%
Human Resources: Tighten up your travel costs
The World: Trade with Russia an uphill battle?

Letters to the Editor

This week, some members have some strong ideas about why Al Gore should speak at the AIA National Convention in San Antonio next May.

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Welcome to the Business Zone
This is the place for our monthly Work-on-the-Boards survey report, quarterly Housing Trends survey report, and biannual Consensus Forecast, all by AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. You’ll also find tips for managing the business side of your practice, as well as the weekly Kiplinger Connection.