AIA Firm Survey Report 2018: Business of Architecture (PDF)

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Has firm revenue recovered from the Great Recession? What is the outlook for energy modeling and resilient design? Where is the growth in international work? The 2018 AIA Firm Survey Report has the answers with the data you need to compare your performance to other firms and create a more successful practice. You will find information on the latest trends in net and gross billings, small firms, BIM, and more.

With data from 2,000+ firms, this essential resource includes metrics to measure practice, evaluate performance, and set strategy. Discover trends in net and gross billings, small firms, BIM, and more with the only report that covers the full complexity of the firms that power the architecture and design profession. 

Chapters within the Firm Survey Report include:

Firm and Staff Profiles: Architecture firms are increasingly multidisciplinary, and average firm size has increased since 2015. (Also includes data on firm demographics, diversity, and equity.)

Firm Billings and Finances: Architecture firm billings continue to grow, totaling $45 billion in 2017, although the pace of growth has slowed somewhat. (Also includes data on pro bono work, billings methods, and clients.)

Construction Sectors Served: Billings from residential projects continue to increase, particularly new residential construction. (Also includes data on residential construction and resilient design.)

Practice and Technology Trends: BIM penetration is fully integrated into large firms and has shown recent growth at small firms. (Also includes data on delivery methods, energy modeling, and technology.)

International Work: International projects accounted for 2.6% of firm billings in 2017, with nearly half of these billings from projects in China and Western Europe. (Also includes data on international work by firm size.)

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Also available as a bundle with the 2017 AIA Compensation Report.

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