May 2, 2008
  Candidates for 2008 AIA National Office Issue Statements
Meet the candidates for AIA national office, who have issued the following 400-word statements. Click on any name to read that candidate’s statement or watch a video of the candidate speaking at the Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference.

Business Outlook • Business Costs • Business Tech

Business Outlook: Here are some businesses currently thriving.
Business Costs: Steel will be double by July, then ease in fall.
Business Tech: Management and anti-hacking systems to consider.

Be Found in Architect Finder
If you haven’t checked your firm’s profile on Architect Finder on, now is the time. The 2008 version enables AIA firm principals and contacts to visit the site, log in, and review and supplement the data on file. (It is important to make sure your firm has a contact listed, a field for which appears on the opening screen after you log in. This will assure that your firm shows up in search results.) Once core data are complete, continue to build your listing by adding a firm description, details on size and areas of specialization, information on where licensed, plus project portfolios. The more specific you are in identifying areas of specialization, the more likely you are to show up in search results when members of the public search the site for architects. To get started, visit

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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.