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AIA Ohio, established in 1933, works to organize and unite in fellowship the membership of the architectural profession; to promote the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession; to advance the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice; to coordinate the building industry and the profession of architecture to ensure the advancement of the living standards of people through their improved environment; and to make the profession of ever-increasing service to society.
The April results from the Work-on-the-Boards survey of architectural firms were released with a mix of good and bad news. The ABI indicated a steep decline in billings, but future works trhough the New Design Contract Index and the New Project Inquiry Score seem topoint toward a healthier summer for many firms. The key elements of this months ABI are as follows:
- After a soft first quarter resulting largely from severe weather across parts of the Northeast and Midwest, expectations were that design billings at architecture firms would rebound in the second quarter. However, at 48.8, the April ABI national score reflected a steeper retrenchment than any of the first three months of the year. However, the April report does hold out hope that business conditions at architecture firms will recover nicely as the year progresses. The new project inquiry score came in at 60.1 for the month, the strongest reading in six months, while the new design contract index score was 53.1, signifying the strongest growth for new work coming into firms since last November.
- Regional readings suggest that the weakness in firm billings has a geographic dimension. Firms in the Northeast reported another month of steep declines, while firms in the Midwest reported essentially flat business conditions. Firms in the South are seeing very healthy conditions, while those in the West have seen steady gains over the past two months. Billings scores by construction sector show how volatile the construction industry has been during this recovery phase. Billing scores for residential firms have been negative for three straight months, coming after more than three years of continuously healthy readings. Commercial/industrial firms also reported a downturn in April after two years of continuous improvement. Institutional firms, which had been the last major sector to see improvement in design activity, continued their upturn in April.
- Firms Have Hiring Designs: Weak business conditions in April, coming on top of a generally disappointing first quarter for the year, have not diminished firms’ expansion plans for the year. Just over half of firms surveyed this month indicate that they plan to add one or more architectural positions over the coming year. Of those firms adding of attempting to add positions over the past year, about a third indicated difficulties finding qualified applicants for all or nearly all of their open positions, about the same share that indicated difficulties in finding applicants for some of their positions.
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The 2015 AIA Ohio Design Awards Call for Entries has been released and you are invited to participate in this time honored program of recognizing quality projects designed by Ohio Architects. This program will promote and focus on quality design, sustainability and the AIA's 10 principles of livable communities. The Design Awards program is a great way for firms and members to promote the architectural profession and value of architecture. The deadline for submissions is July 15th and we don't want you to miss this opportunity to be part of this years program. Member architects who are the Designer of Record of projects completed since January 1, 2009 are invited to participate. The projects will be recognized at the AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention in Columbus, Oh, October 11-13. Don't miss out! July is just around the corner. For more information , you can download the program submission requirements here, or you can setup an account and submit your projects here.
The third AIA Ohio Schools Competition took place in February. Students from Ohio’s four accredited schools of architecture participated, and submissions were juried on Friday, March 20. Click here to see the winning submissions and a list of students who participated. Congratulations to the winners!
Members of all seven components of AIA Ohio attended the AIA National Grassroots program in Washington D.C. this past March 4-6. The programs focus is on leadership and member advocacy. This years event kicked off the Year of the Advocate, a program being run by the AIA Government Relations team that focuses member efforts on understanding advocacy activities and ArchiPAC.
A key part of the program is the scheduled Capitol Hill visits to local Senators and Members of Congress. An unfortunate snow storm canceled many Hill viists this year, although some members were able to meet with their House or Senate member during other times throughout the event. The Advocacy team had four key asks for Congress this year. They include Historic Tax Credits, 2030 energy standards, the Safe Building Code Incentive Act, and the National Design Service Act. In 2016, Grassroots will change to a leadership program, with the event scheduled for late February in Detroit, Michigan. The Advocacy program will take place in Washington D.C. in July.
Click here for information on the Counsel of Educational Facility Planners International Midwest Great Lakes Regional Conference, taking place this April in Columbus, Ohio.
The 2015 AIA Ohio Handbook of Architects will feature the firm profiles of Ohio architectural firms whose principals are members of the AIA. In order to be listed in the AIA Ohio Handbook, one principal or partner in your firm must be a member and the firm must have an Ohio Certificate of Authority to practice architecture. The cost to list your firm profile is $50. Individual listings are a benefit of membership. To access the form, click here.