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2012 Firm Survey
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Successful practice management requires knowing your business.

Comparing business practices and firm performance are keys to managing a successful practice—but you can't necessarily call your competitors and ask. With the new AIA Firm Survey report, we've surveyed more than 2,800 AIA member firms and collected the data points you need to gain valuable insight and information on today's architecture marketplace.


Key Findings: Firm Billings
Gross revenue at architecture firms declined from more than $44 billion in 2008 to $26 billion by 2011, a 40 percent decline over this three-year period. As owners and developers more aggressively managed the design and construction costs of new projects, they created pressure on design fees and construction bids. In addition, more than two-thirds of architecture firm billings were from projects for repeat clients, an increase of 10 percentage points from 2005.

Key Findings: Profile of Staff
The significant reduction in firm revenue produced a comparable reduction in employment, as positions at architecture firms have generally followed the path of the broader construction industry. Due to the heavy reliance of architecture firm revenue on nonresidential construction activity, payroll positions continued to grow through mid-2008. They then dropped sharply through early 2011 and have hardly recovered since that point. Between 2007 and 2011, more than 28 percent of positions at architecture firms disappeared, a share that greatly exceeded the gains during the earlier upturn.

Other Findings
The AIA Firm Survey provides insight into other areas as well, including profile of firms, liability insurance, and international work. Among the findings:

  • Until the construction recovery strengthens, firms will be hesitant to fill full-time positions, relying more heavily on part-time and contract staff.
  • The share of firm billings from renovations, rehabilitations, additions, and other construction projects increased substantially in the last three years, although new construction projects still account for the largest share of billings overall.
  • Institutional and residential projects account for a larger share of firm billings in 2011 than in 2008, while the share of billings from commercial/industrial projects declined.

Essential Information
Read the information pertinent to your firm size, net billings, client type, and other firm characteristics, then use this essential data for successful practice management. Available as a complete report, by chapter topics, or reports based on firm size, the AIA Firm Survey is essential data for successful practice management. Purchase the report exclusively at the AIA Store.

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Also Available: the AIA Compensation Survey
The AIA Economics and Market Research group is also responsible for the AIA Compensation Survey, compiled from a survey of U.S. architecture firms. It offers compelling information on compensation data for 39 architecture firm positions in 29 states, 32 metro areas, and 12 cities. Whether you read the complete national report or one of the nine regional reports, you will have a better understanding of your value.

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