Architecture Billings Remain Stalled in August

September 23, 2020

ABI Unchanged in August

The Architecture Billings Index score for August remained at 40.0 as it was in July and June.

“Unfortunately, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many architecture firms are finding fewer inquiries that convert to billable projects,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD.

In August the project inquiries index was 51.6, up from 49.1. The design contracts index was 46.0, up from 41.7.

Regional averages made slight gains except in the Northeast.

July August
West 40.9 41.3
South 40.7 41.6
Midwest 40.1 41.7
Northeast 36.8 33.9

Baker added, “While fewer firms reported declining billings in August than during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fact that the score has been unchanged for the last three months shows that the recovery from this downturn is not progressing at the pace we had hoped to see.”

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