AIA Architecture Billings Index Positive at 52.5 in December

Washington, DC, January 23, 2020-The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score of 52.5 for December reflects an increase in design services provided by U.S. architecture firms (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). 

During December, both the new project inquiries and design contracts scores were positive, posting scores of 58.7 and 53.4 respectively.  

“Despite the ongoing slowdown in billings in the Northeast, balanced growth across sectors and regions looks more positive for the coming year,” said AIA chief economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Factors outside of the construction sector, such as trade policy and international events, could still impact demand for design services, however recent fears about a downturn in construction activity have largely subsided.”

Regional averages were as follows: West, 54.0; South, 52.2; Midwest, 51.9; and Northeast, 44.0.

The sector index breakdown was commercial/industrial, 54.0; multi-family residential, 51.0; mixed practice, 50.8; and institutional, 50.8.

The project inquiries index was 58.7, and the design contracts index was 53.4.