Renovations, rehabilitations, additions, and historic preservation now accounting for 48 percent of billings at U.S. architecture firms

Renovations, rehabilitations, additions, and historic preservation now accounting for 48 percent of billings at U.S. architecture firms

WASHINGTON – November 7, 2022 – Since 2005 the share of design projects involving renovations, rehabilitations, additions, and historic preservation grew 14 percent, now accounting for 48 percent of billings at U.S. architecture firms, according to a new survey from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

The 2022 AIA Firm Survey: The Business of Architecture, examines topics such as firm billings, staffing, and international work and offers metrics that provide insights into how architecture firms are operating and evolving. The full survey is available for purchase here: http://www.aia.org/FirmSurvey

Key highlights include:

Share of multidisciplinary firms continues upward trajectory, from 27 percent in 2002, 36 percent in 2011, to 44 percent in 2021.

  • 29 percent of firms reported that providing services to underserved communities is one of the core missions of their firm. On average, 10 percent of projects at architecture firms in 2021 were for work that served underserved communities.
  • 60 percent of large firms reported having a sustainability or climate action plan in 2021, in contrast to 21 percent of midsize and 9 percent of small firms.
  • Use of BIM software for billable projects among small firms increased substantially in 2021 to 52 percent, up from 37 percent in 2019, as usage remains nearly universal among midsize and large firms.
  • While architecture firms continued to report the largest share of billings from institutional projects in 2021 (43 percent), the share of billings from residential projects increased significantly, rising by 10 percentage points from 18 percent in 2019 to 28 percent in 2021.

“Larger firms are continuing to see market share increases, as firms with 50 or more employees now account for more than half of those employed in private practice,” said Michele A. Russo, LEED AP, AIA Vice President of Research & Practice. “While the long-term impact of this trend is unknown, the fact larger firms are more likely to develop sustainability or climate action plans bodes well for AIA’s climate action goals.”

Access the complete 2022 Firm Survey Report on AIA’s website.

About AEC Resources

Founded in 2012, AEC Resources provides architecture headhunting services for the Minneapolis / St. Paul metro area. AEC Resources builds project teams and advances careers. When your renovation, rehabilitation, addition and historical preservation architecture projects need design and documentation staffing services, contact AEC Resources.