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Design Force Solutions: AIA Architectural Billings Index, March 2014

REPRINT from AIA.orgAfter seeing many architecture positions eliminated during the recession, about three-quarters are eventually expected to returnBy Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA AIA Chief Economist Billings at U.S. architecture firms dipped in March to a score of 48.8, the third decline over the past five months. While the modestly positive ABI scores for January and [...]

By | April 28th, 2014|Recruiting|0 Comments

Architectural Billing Index (February 2014)

Washington, D.C. – February 19, 2014 – After consecutive months of contracting demand for design services, there was a modest uptick in the Architecture Billings Index (ABI). As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of [...]

By | February 24th, 2014|Everything Else|0 Comments

Architecture Billings Index (January 2014)

reposted from the AIA website: (We monitor the ABI because it has such a strong correlation between jobs in design and billings in architecture) Washington, D.C. – January 22, 2014 – Following consistently increasing demand for design services throughout most of 2013, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has posted its first consecutive months of contraction since [...]

By | January 22nd, 2014|Everything Else|0 Comments

Base Salary vs. Total Compensation

We get into this conversation a lot more than you think.  Engineering Firm (XYZ Corp) salary offer is $85,000 and Consulting Firm  (ABC Corp) offer is $94,000. How can XYZ be so silly and offer me less than I’m making now, and less than ABC Corp!!" The numbers and companies mentioned are fictitious, but it [...]

By | January 17th, 2014|Recruiting|0 Comments

CBI Remains Virtually Unchanged In Third Quarter

CBI Remains Virtually Unchanged In Third Quarter WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the economy gradually recovers, nonresidential construction spending remains unchanged—a good sign the downturn in the industry has stopped, according to the Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) produced by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).CBI also remained nearly unchanged between the second and third quarters of 2013.“The [...]

By | November 25th, 2013|Everything Else, Recruiting|0 Comments

Is Design Right For Me?

We have written about this in the past and thought we might need to revisit this. You committed your future to architecture or engineering, offering up a dowry worth thousands of dollars in student loans to earn that degree. But the thrill is gone. You're not moving up, you rarely get a chance to show [...]

By | November 18th, 2013|Everything Else|0 Comments

Architecture Billings Index – August 2013

Original press release from AIA: For immediate release: Washington, D.C. – August 21, 2013 – The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) saw a jump of more than a full point last month, indicating acceleration in the growth of design activity nationally.  As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to [...]

By | September 5th, 2013|Everything Else, Recruiting|0 Comments

Executing a Successful Career Search

Managing your career is similar to managing a business. The effort and time put into presenting and marketing a product directly reflects sales, and ultimately, determines success. The same principles apply to finding a new position. It takes hard work, organization, dedication and a hands-on approach to selling yourself, your talents and experience. Here are [...]

By | July 9th, 2013|Recruiting|0 Comments

Is sequestration affecting your career?

According to a CBS News poll released on March 4, 53% of Americans feel that sequestration will personally affect them. Sequestration, the automatic spending cuts that took effect in the United States on March 1, has a broad reach. The blame game is being played out in Congress and at other levels of government: Democrats [...]

By | April 22nd, 2013|Recruiting|0 Comments

The Future of Design Leadership

There are many clear and immediate impacts of the Great Recession in the design industry. Nearly all leaders face the challenges of dwindling backlogs, fierce competition leading to seemingly irrational pricing and a more demanding client base. As painful as these issues are for leaders, it is the next generation of leaders who will feel [...]

By | March 18th, 2013|Recruiting|0 Comments