Watchdog Report Architectural Billing Index Falls in January

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported in that The Architectural Billing Index (ABI) fell in January to 49.6 from 51.3 in December.  Any score above 50 indicates an increase in billing services. The ABI is an  indicator of future construction spending – with a lead time of about nine to twelve months – as design services lead to new construction projects.


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The reason for the decrease? AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. states ” January was a rocky month throughout the economy, with falling oil prices, international economic concerns and with steep declines in the stock market valuations in the U.S. and elsewhere. Some of the fallout of this uncertainly may have affected progress on design projects.”

At the same time Dr. Baker also suggests “the fundamentals are mostly sound in the nonresidential design and construction market”.

Related: Construction Industry Remains Optimistic 


Stephen Fean
Stephen Fean is the Vice President of Business Development at Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers, a real-estate consulting firm that provides owner’s representation and project management services. More about Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers as well as additional blog posts can be found here.
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