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the sliding scale

Smaller projects mean more client interviews, thinner profit margins, and more jobs starting and stopping. More

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tonic design offers feasibility service to clients
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billings pattern suggests economic recovery might be stalled

The American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Architecture Billings Index (ABI) for May 2009, released June 24, showed no significant improvement over the previous month's rating, suggesting a possible stumbling block on the road to economic recovery. More

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architectural billings index sinks to new low
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december's architecture billings index rose slightly
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field maneuvers

When Richard Williams, AIA, designed his own house five years ago, he decided to forgo a general contractor and manage the fieldwork himself. He spent nights and early mornings coordinating the various trades before heading to his Washington, D.C., office. More

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dream teams

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Pugh + Scarpa calls itself a boutique firm—smallish, creative, and eclectic in the kinds of jobs it likes to take on. Its portfolio includes an array of nationally acclaimed work—from the sculptural Dwell House II and the energy More

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adding value

The act of design is an intangible concept that eludes most people. They might know good design when they see it, when they get something they can lay their hands on or walk through. More

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The Big Leagues

Architects and real estate developers have traditionally formed an uneasy alliance. That's because they exist on opposite ends of the disciplinary spectrum. More

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the charge brigade

Many of my correspondents wrote to tell me they could retire now if they made that... More

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