About the Work-on-the-Boards Survey and Panel
Work-on-the-Boards is a monthly survey conducted by the AIA's Economics and Market Research group. The survey of firm principals and partners allows participants to track business conditions as they change. Participation enables you to compare your firm to others, track the economy and local business conditions, and use data to target business opportunities.
The panel is open to any AIA member who is principal/partner of their firm. The survey is administered completely online, and you will receive an invitation to participate the first week of each month. Participants also receive a special announcement before the report is available to the general public each month, in the AIArchitect.
If you are a firm principal or partner and would like to join the survey panel or for more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also join the panel by completing the background information form.
About the Architecture Billings Index
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is a diffusion index derived from the monthly Work-on-the-Boards survey, conducted by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group. The ABI serves as a leading economic indicator that leads nonresidential construction activity by approximately 9-12 months. The indexes are developed from the monthly Work-on-the-Boards survey panel where participants are asked whether their billings increased, decreased, or stayed the same in the month that just ended. According to the proportion of respondents choosing each option, a score is generated, which represents an index value for each month.
The AIA White Paper, “Architecture Billings as a Leading Indicator of Construction: Analysis of the Relationship Between a Billings Index and Construction Spending,” (PDF) ran in the October 2005 issue of Business Economics, the journal of the National Association of Business Economics. The White Paper describes the history and development of the ABI; the analyses reported in the article are scheduled to be updated in 2010.
If you would like to subscribe to the ABI, please contact: Jonathan Watson, 202.626.7566, JonathanWatson@aia.org
Architecture Business Conditions Still Improving; Pace of Billings Growth Moderates Slightly
Last 6 months:
Architecture Firm Billings Continue to Improve
With August Gains, Nearly a Year of Steady Non-Residential Billings Growth
Firm Billings Up Nationwide, But Construction Sector Still Lags
Architecture Firm Billings Increase at Modest Pace in June
May Registers a Quick Rebound in Design Activity
Design Activity Hits the Brakes in April
Upcoming Press Release Dates for 2013 and 2014:
January 22, 2014