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Comparing business practices and firm performance are keys to managing a successful practice. With the new AIA Firm Survey report, we’ve 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.

Other Findings:

  • Until the construction recovery strengthens, firms will be hesitant to fill full-time positions, relying more heavily on part-time and contract staff.
  • Seventy-eight percent of architecture firms carried at least some form of professional liability insurance in 2011.
  • 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.

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