Stantec Acquires RNL

Jun 22, 2017 • Industry

The deal is slated to close next month.

May ABI Maintains Recent Steady Performance

Jun 21, 2017 • Industry

The overall score grew from 50.9 to an even reading of 53.0.

Lauren Rottet in Conversation with Editor in Chief John Czarnecki During NeoCon

Jun 14, 2017 • Industry

Covering a breadth of design-related topics, Rottet discussed her career and the upcoming projects that her firm is tackling.

AIA Denounces U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Agreement

Jun 02, 2017 • Industry

AIA President Thomas Vonier reaffirmed the organization’s dedication to climate change mitigation.

April ABI Reports Three Consecutive Months of Design Revenue Growth

May 24, 2017 • Industry

The overall score sank from 54.3 to 50.9 last month.

DLR Group Acquires Kwan Henmi

May 12, 2017 • Industry

The San Francisco–based design firm’s 27-person staff will join the DLR Group offices.

Eppstein Uhen Architects Acquires Burkettdesign

May 08, 2017 • Industry

The Milwaukee-based firm Eppstein Uhen Architects is acquiring Denver-based architecture and interior design firm Burkettdesign.

March ABI Closes Q1 of 2017 on a Positive Note

Apr 19, 2017 • Industry

The overall score leapt from 50.7 to 54.3 in March.

Michelle Obama Added as Keynote Speaker for 2017 AIA National Conference on Architecture

Mar 31, 2017 • Industry

Obama will speak on Thursday, April 27, 12:50–1:45pm.

February ABI Score Reflects Rebound from January Slump

Mar 22, 2017 • Industry

The new projects inquiry index and the new design contracts index both report major gains.

DLR Group Acquires Studio Hive

Feb 24, 2017 • Industry

Studio Hive co-founder Janice Carleen Linster will head the Minneapolis Workplace Studio.

AIA Calls for “Fair and Impartial Immigration Policies”

Feb 23, 2017 • Industry

A statement from AIA President Thomas Vonier emphasized the damage recent immigration restrictions cause within the architecture industry.

January ABI Score Falls from December 2016 High

Feb 22, 2017 • Industry

The new projects inquiries index conversely reported significant gains.

AIA Consensus Forecast Predicts Positive 2017

Feb 02, 2017 • Industry

Overall nonresidential building is expected to grow nearly 6 percent this year amidst stable political conditions.

AIA Releases Equity in Architecture Report

Feb 01, 2017 • Industry

The 20-person panel outlines 11 recommendations for industry professionals to assist in the expansion and nurturing of diversity and inclusion.

Architecture Billings Index Ends 2016 On Three-Month High

Jan 18, 2017 • Industry

December’s score of 55.9 reflects the largest month-to-month increase of the year.

EYP Acquires Stanley Beaman & Sears

Dec 29, 2016 • Industry

The acquisition is the culmination of a six-year partnering relationship between the two firms.

Architecture Billings Index Remains Positive in November

Dec 21, 2016 • Industry

A modest drop to 50.6 was reported last month, along with a high score in the new projects inquiry index.

AIA Donates Additional $1 Million for Diversity Advancement Scholarship

Dec 20, 2016 • Industry

The Board of Directors also issued recommendations of the Equity in Architecture Commission.

Google to Operate Entirely Off Renewable Energy by 2017

Dec 07, 2016 • Industry

The tech giant will invest $3.5 billion annually on wind and solar power across the globe.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Designs Pierre Chareau Retrospective at the Jewish Museum in New York

Dec 07, 2016 • Exhibition

Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed the Jewish Museum’s latest exhibition to critically examine the legacy of the French designer

Knoll Acquires DatesWeiser Furniture Corporation

Dec 05, 2016 • Industry

Allan Wesier will remain at the helm of the Buffalo-based manufacturer.

Architecture Billings Index Rebounds with 50.8 Score

Nov 16, 2016 • Industry

The modest increase may be linked to anxieties surrounding the presidential election.

Architecture Billings Index Reports Second Month of Downturn

Oct 19, 2016 • Industry

The last two-month stretch of negative scores occurred in 2012.

ASID 2016-2017 National Board Takes Office

Oct 19, 2016 • Industry

Charrisse Johnston will serve as chair of the 11-member volunteer body.

EwingCole Acquires BBH Design

Oct 06, 2016 • Industry

BBH Design recently debuted new visualization technology to explore the human relationship with the built environment.

AIA’s 2016 Firm Survey Report Indicates Firm Revenue Growth

Oct 06, 2016 • Industry

Less than ten percent of firms are reporting financial losses.

Marriott–Starwood Merger Receives Final Approval

Sep 23, 2016 • Industry

The combined company is now endowed with more than 30 brands and 1.1 million guestrooms. 

DLR Group Acquires Westlake Reed Leskosky

Sep 22, 2016 • Industry

More than 1,000 employees will serve the merged company across 26 global offices.

Architecture Billings Index Sinks into Negative Territory

Sep 21, 2016 • Industry

The AIA’s August report maintains an overall positive forecast with a new projects index score of 61.8.

Contract Moves Editorial Office

Sep 15, 2016 • Industry

The editorial office of Contract has moved to a new location in the Financial District of Manhattan.

Finnish Government Will Not Fund Guggenheim Helsinki

Sep 13, 2016 • Industry

Finland’s nationalist party has blocked the state from funding the $156 million museum project.

NCARB Reports More Than 110,000 Registered Architects in U.S.

Sep 01, 2016 • Industry

The 2016 edition reveals that the number of U.S. architects continues to grow with 110,168 active in the country.

FLOS USA Announces Appointment of Jack Schreur as New CEO

Aug 23, 2016 • Industry

The former Herman Miller vice president will assume the new title next month.

Safco Announces Acquisition of Mayline

Aug 22, 2016 • Industry

The deal is expected to close in September 2016.

Demand for Design Projects Remains Positive in July’s Architecture Billings Index

Aug 17, 2016 • Industry

July reported a reading of 51.5 despite a decrease in scores across the board.

Rockwell Group Conceives a Comprehensive Collection of Workplace Furnishings for Knoll

Aug 08, 2016 • Industry

Drawing from its hospitality and theatrical set design background, the New York firm created Unscripted for Knoll.

An Interview with Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd of PearsonLloyd, the Designers of Zones for Teknion

Aug 05, 2016 • Competitions & Awards

Zones  by Teknion and PearsonLloyd was named the 2016 Best of NeoCon Best of Competition.

2016 DIFFA/Chicago Illumination Gala

Aug 01, 2016 • Industry

Nearly $400,000 raised for Chicago-area service agencies assisting those with HIV and AIDS at 2016 DIFFA/Chicago Illumination Gala

Architecture Billings Index Shows Ongoing Positive Demand Despite Drops

Jul 20, 2016 • Industry

The design contracts index plummeted into negative territory for the first time in two years.

Studio O+A Opens New York Office

Jul 01, 2016 • Industry

It is the firm’s first expansion in its more than 25-year history.

New York's Waldorf Astoria will Reportedly Undergo Major Renovation with Condo Conversion

Jun 27, 2016 • Industry

The three-year, $1 billion overhaul could generate up to $4 billion in sales.

Robust Demand for All Building Types Evident in Latest Architecture Billings Index

Jun 23, 2016 • Industry

The May report shows sharp increases in overall scores as well as the design contracts and projects inquiry indexes.

ASID Announces Partnership with WELL Building Institute

Jun 13, 2016 • Industry

The agreement to promote greater emphasis on human health was revealed during WELL founder Paul Scialla’s keynote at NeoCon.

Contract Presents 2016 Official NeoCon Product Preview

Jun 06, 2016 • Industry

The special preview section features 15 pages of product introductions organized by floor.

McDonald’s May Move Illinois Headquarters to Former Site of Harpo Studios

Jun 02, 2016 • Industry

The fast-food corporation backed out of a deal to open new offices in One Prudential Tower last year.

Arborite Acquires Lamin-Art

May 20, 2016 • Industry

The Illinois-based decorative surface supplier will operate as part of Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces.

Architecture Billings Index Shows Steady National Demand for Design Activity

May 18, 2016 • Industry

Design activity remains positive despite a decreased score for April.

AIA’s South Atlantic Region Conference Relocates to Savannah Due to HB2

Apr 29, 2016 • Industry

The AIA South Atlantic Region cancelled its annual conference in North Carolina last month because of the controversial legislation

Architecture Billings Index Shows Positive End to the First Quarter

Apr 20, 2016 • Industry

Scores leapt 1.6 points in March after a slight increase the previous month.

MoMA to Temporarily Close Architecture and Design Galleries

Apr 13, 2016 • Industry

The third floor galleries will be reconfigured and are set to reopen in 2017. 

Haworth Acquires JANUS et Cie

Apr 11, 2016 • Industry

Poltrona Frau Group and Haworth will acquire the majority share of JANUS et Cie, an outdoor and interior furniture company founded in Los Angeles.

AIA Diversity Survey Yields Less Than Glowing Results

Apr 08, 2016 • Industry

Architects across the board saw minorities and women as underrepresented in the industry.

Architecture Billings Index Sees Small Increase in February

Mar 24, 2016 • Industry

Following a decline into negative terrain in January, ABI reported a positive rise last month.

President and CEO of Neiman Marcus Group to Keynote GlobalShop, March 23–25, in Las Vegas

Mar 21, 2016 • Industry

North America’s largest annual trade show for retail design and shopper marketing, GlobalShop, will return to Las Vegas, March 23–25, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Marriott International Bid for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Accepted

Mar 21, 2016 • Industry

Marriott International has increased its bid for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, following a rival offer from a consortium led by China’s Anbang Insurance Group.

Architecture for Humanity Relaunches as Open Architecture Collaborative

Mar 15, 2016 • Industry

The San Francisco–based nonprofit Architecture for Humanity has relaunched as Open Architecture Collaborative.

Anbang to Acquire Strategic Hotels for $6.5 Billion

Mar 14, 2016 • Industry

China’s Anbang Insurance Group Co. will acquire America’s Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc. from Blackstone Group LP for approximately $6.5 billion.

Twelve Recipients of the 2016 AIA Young Architects Award Announced

Feb 25, 2016 • Industry

The American Institute of Architects has announced a selection of 12 recipients for the 2016 AIA Young Architects Award.

Fourth Quarter ASID Interior Design Billings Index Report Reveals Momentum for 2016

Feb 22, 2016 • Industry

The American Society of Interior Designers has released the fourth quarter Interior Design Billings Index (IDBI), revealing averages that build upon the garnered momentum from the previous year.

2016 AIA National Convention Keynote Speakers Announced

Feb 18, 2016 • Industry

The American Institute of Architects has announced the three keynote speakers for the 2016 AIA National Convention.

January Architecture Billings Index Dips into Negative Terrain

Feb 17, 2016 • Industry

The monthly Architecture Billings Index has dipped back into negative terrain for the first month of 2016, following a primarily positive performance in 2015.  

Stantec Acquires VOA Associates

Feb 12, 2016 • Industry

Edmonton, Alberta-based global design firm Stantec has signed a letter of intent to acquire Chicago-based VOA Associates, in a deal that is expected to close in late March.


149 AIA Members Elevated to College of Fellows

Feb 11, 2016 • Industry

The 2016 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects has announced the election of 149 AIA members to the prestigious College of Fellows.

AIA Announces Construction Forecast and Design Trends for Next Decade

Feb 11, 2016 • Industry

The semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast from the American Institute of Architects has projected an increase in spending by more than eight percent in 2016 and more than six percent in 2017.

2016 NeoCon Keynote Speakers Announced

Feb 10, 2016 • Industry

NeoCon has announced the line-up of keynote speakers for the 2016 fair, which will be held June 13–15 at The Mart in Chicago.

Entries Accepted for AIANY Interiors Committee Speed Presentations

Feb 03, 2016 • Events

The AIANY Interiors Committee is hosting a speed presentation evening on March 23 at the Steelcase showroom in New York.

NCARB Renames the Intern Development Program

Jan 27, 2016 • Industry

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has announced that the Intern Development Program (IDP) will be renamed the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), effective June 29, 2016.

CIDA Board of Directors Adopts New Quality Standards

Jan 25, 2016 • Industry

Reflecting information gathered over the past three years regarding the future directions of the interior design practice, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Board of Directors adopted new quality standards for higher education programs, which seek to more systematically prepare graduates for entry into the profession.

Interface Hires Jay Gould as Chief Operating Officer

Jan 20, 2016 • People

Interface Inc. has hired Jay Gould as its new chief operating officer. The Georgia-based manufacturer of modular carpet announced on January 13 that Gould will be executive vice president and chief operating officer, overseeing global operations, marketing, and organizational development. 

Architecture Billings Index Closes 2015 on a Positive Note

Jan 20, 2016 • Industry

The American Institute of Architects has reported that the Architecture Billings Index concluded 2015 in positive terrain. December’s ABI score was reported as 50.9, up from the reading of 49.3 in the previous month.

IIDA Announces Formation of Interior Design Diversity Council

Jan 15, 2016 • Industry

A group of 29 designers and manufacturer representatives confronted the topics of diversity and inclusion within the interior design industry during the 19th International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Industry Roundtable, held on January 8–10. Following a discussion led by IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, the interior design industry’s first Diversity Council was assembled.



The AIA Issues Response to State of the Union Address

Jan 13, 2016 • Industry

The American Institute of Architects has issued a response to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address on January 12.

Lodging Econometrics Forecasts a Surge in Hotel Openings for the Next Two Years

Dec 28, 2015 • Industry

Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, and InterContinental Hotels Group are expected to lead this growth from 2016 to 2017.

The AIA Launches Equity in Architecture Commission

Dec 21, 2015 • Industry

The endeavor is a result of the “Equity in Architecture” resolution, which seeks to retain talent, advance the profession, and enhance the value of design to society through diversity tactics. 

Lohan to Join Wight & Co.

Dec 18, 2015 • Industry

Dirk Lohan and his partner Floyd Anderson have announced that they are closing their firm Lohan Anderson and joining Wight & Co., where they will be partners.

Architecture Billings Index Reveals a Decrease in Billings for November

Dec 16, 2015 • Industry

November's ABI score dipped from 53.1 in October to 49.3, reflecting a decrease in design services.

AIA Design and Health Research Consortium Shares First Progress Report

Dec 14, 2015 • Industry

The program was developed in an effort to help policymakers, design and public health professionals, and the general public understand how research covering design’s effect on public health can be translated into architectural practice.

Cooper Carry Acquires the Johnson Studio

Dec 10, 2015 • Industry

The deal will enable each firm to better service the hospitality industry with an expanded menu of restaurant and hotel design services.

Flos Acquires Lukas Lighting to Boost U.S. Reach

Dec 06, 2015 • Industry

Lighting company Flos has acquired New York-based company Lukas Lighting, which produces custom lighting.

Lemay Expands with Acquisition of Andres Escobar & Associates

Dec 04, 2015 • Industry

Following the acquisition, AE&E will maintain its Montreal and New York offices under the name Escobar by Lemay.

Interior Design Billings Index Remains Positive Through Third Quarter

Dec 04, 2015 • Industry

Third quarter 2015 billings rose slightly in September from June’s Interior Design Billings Index (IDBI) score of 57.1—a positive sign in that any score over 50 indicates revenue growth.

Architecture Billings Index Shows Continued Growth

Nov 18, 2015 • Industry

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported an ABI of 53.1 in October, which indicates a slight decrease from September’s score of 53.7.

Perkins Eastman to Acquire ForrestPerkins

Nov 17, 2015 • Industry

The acquisition will see ForrestPerkins open an atelier within Perkins Eastman’s New York office in January, as well as relocate to new offices in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco later in the year.

Perkins+Will Acquires UK Studio Portland Design Associates

Nov 17, 2015 • Industry

Portland was founded in 1987 as a design consultancy specializing in branding and retail strategy, with an emphasis on predicting changes in consumer behavior.

Marriott to Acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide for $12.2 Billion

Nov 16, 2015 • Industry

The acquisition joins Starwood’s global lifestyle brands with Marriott’s luxury, select-service, convention, and resort brands, to offer a more comprehensive portfolio. 

KPF Designs Brooklyn’s First Office Tower in More Than a Decade

Nov 10, 2015 • Industry

The 600-foot-tall tower will be the Brooklyn borough’s first ground-up commercial structure since the implementation of the 2004 Downtown Brooklyn Development Plan.

NCR Breaks Ground on Atlanta Headquarters

Nov 03, 2015 • Industry

Designs for the 485,000-square-foot Midtown tower have been conceived by Durham, North Carolina–based Duda Paine Architects, while global firm Gensler is responsible for the design of the interiors.

Acuity Brands, Inc., Acquires Juno Lighting Group

Oct 30, 2015 • Industry

Acuity Brands, Inc., will soon acquire all equity interests of Juno Lighting Group, a unit of Schneider Electric that provides downlighting and track lighting fixtures, for approximately $385 million.

State Architect of California Launches Initiative to Make Local Schools More Sustainable

Oct 29, 2015 • Industry

The “7x7x7: Design, Energy, Water” initiative aims to demonstrate the importance of contemporizing California school facilities with more sustainable features.

BBGM Acquires Boutique Design Firm MONOGRAM

Oct 27, 2015 • Industry

The West Coast expansion will allow BBGM to broaden its design scope on a national and international scale.

Arcadis Merges Two Acquisitions as CallisonRTKL

Oct 23, 2015 • Industry

Specializing in commercial and retail markets, the firms will expand their design footprint and services as CallisonRTKL to a wider global market.

Architecture Billings Index Reflects Growth in September

Oct 21, 2015 • Industry

The American Institute of Architects reported an ABI of 53.7 in September versus August’s score of 49.1.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases September Employment Data

Oct 13, 2015 • Industry

The BLS monthly employment report includes statistics specific to architecture and its related fields, such as construction, manufacturing, and architectural and engineering services.

Governor Wants to Sell Jahn’s Thompson Center; May Result in Demolition

Oct 13, 2015 • Industry

The iconic building is now in need of a high degree of maintenance while being located on a prime block in downtown Chicago.

Dolby Laboratories Relocates San Francisco Headquarters

Oct 02, 2015 • Industry

The site offers a host of facilities geared toward the company’s scientists and engineers, such as a series of 100 laboratories totaling 63,000 square feet.

Architecture Billings Index Decreases in August

Sep 23, 2015 • Industry

Indicative of a decrease in billings, the ABI has dropped from 54.7 in July to 49.1 in August.

DKNY to Relocate New York Headquarters

Sep 23, 2015 • Industry

The move coincides with the impending closure of DKNY’s 18,000-square-foot flagship store in New York, employee layoffs, and the resignation of DKNY founder Donna Karan.

Cushman & Wakefield Moves U.S. Headquarters to Chicago

Sep 17, 2015 • Industry

The move follows in the wake of Cushman's $2 billion acquisition by commercial real estate advisor DTZ.