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Successful Practice Management Requires Knowing Your Competition

How have your billings changed over the past few years? Have you expanded your scope of services into other client types, project types, or locations? What do you see as the next wave of prospective clients—government, homeowners, or private corporations interested in sustainable design?

Comparing business practices and firm performance are keys to managing a successful practice—but you can’t necessarily call your competitors and ask for their input. 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.

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Covering topics such as firm billings, staffing, liability, and construction sectors, the report offers metrics by which you can measure your practice and rate your performance in comparison to peers with similar business practices.

Profile of Firms—Did you know?
The share of firms registered under the sole proprietorship legal business structure is now just 20 percent, down from more than 50 percent of firms 15 years ago.

Profile of Staff—Did you know?
The share of firms with LEED AP-certified staff nearly doubled, from 35 percent in 2008 to 65 percent in 2011.

Firm Billings—Did you know?
Large firms contribute the largest share of billings, with nearly half of all gross billings (43 percent) having been generated by firms with 50 or more employees, compared to just 20 percent of gross billings from firms with fewer than 10 employees.

Construction Sectors Served—Did you know?
More than twice as many firms began single-family residential projects in 2011 than began multifamily residential projects.

Liability Insurance—Did you know?
Seventy-eight percent of architecture firms carried at least some form of professional liability insurance in 2011.

International Work—Did you know?
More than two-thirds of international billings in the last three years were from projects in Asia, the Middle East, or Latin America.

Learn more about your competition and your profession! The AIA Firm Survey is available as a complete report, by six individual chapter topics, or three custom reports based on firm size—it’s essential data for successful practice management.

Buy your copy of the 2012 AIA Survey Report on Firm Characteristics.

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Profile of Firms
Profile of Staff
Firm Billings
Construction Sectors Served
Liability Insurance
International Work

Firm Size Reports
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Small Offices

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2012 AIA Firm Survey:
Economic Downturn Cut
Architecture Firm Revenue by
40 Percent, Employment by
Almost a Third

August 24, 2012

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Economic Downturn Cut
Architecture Firm Revenue by
40 Percent, Employment by
Almost a Third

September 17, 2012

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Architecture Billings Index
the AIA Home Design Trends
, and the AIA
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