US ABI Hits Highest Level Since 2007

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The US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reached 55.8 in July  – its highest level since 2007. The score reflects what has been a steadily increasing demand for design services over the past three months, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports. The ’s new projects inquiry and design contracts indexes were also strong at 66 and 54.9, respectively.

“Business conditions for the design and construction marketplace, and those industries associated with it, appear to be well-positioned for continued growth in the coming months,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The key to a more widespread boost in design activity continues to be the institutional sector which is starting to exhibit signs of life after languishing for the better part of the last five-plus years.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…

Regional Averages:

Trahan Ranch / Patrick Tighe Architecture

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Architects: Patrick Tighe Architecture
Location: Texas, USA
Collaborators: Joseph Perazzelli Structural Engineer
Area: 3200.0 ft2
Year: 2008
Photographs: Art Gray Photography

Florida Polytechnic Sciencie, Innovation and Technology Campus / Santiago Calatrava

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Architects: Santiago Calatrava
Location: , FL, USA
Architect Of Record: Alfonso Architects
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava

Cities Need Big Changes to Become Bike Friendly

A bicyclist in Vancouver, Canada. Image © Flickr CC User Paul Krueger

A new study has found that cities need to make big infrastructural changes, rather than small ones, in order to become more bike friendly. As this article from Fast Company explains, small increases in bicycle usage lead to more accidents, which in turn makes others afraid to make the switch from driving to riding. However, the study found that heavy investment in cycling infrastructure brings an economic benefit to in the long run, largely thanks to savings from reduced healthcare costs. To learn about the long-term benefits of big biking investments, click here.

Museum of Tolerance, Anne Frank Exhibit / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

© Benny Chan

Architects: Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 3995.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Benny Chan

Parking Structure Art Facade / Urbana

© Serge Hoeltschi

Architects: Urbana
Location: Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, 720 Eskenazi Avenue, , IN 46202, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Serge Hoeltschi

Cedars-Sinai 360 Simulation Lab / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

© Benny Chan

Architects: Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 23000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Benny Chan

Westminster Academy / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

© Timothy Soar

Architects: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Location: Westminster Academy, 5601 North Federal Highway, , FL 33308, USA
Project Manager: Capita Symonds
Area: 141000.0 ft2
Year: 2007
Photographs: Timothy Soar, Matt Chisnall

Giovannetti Community Shelter / ASK Studio

© Cameron Campbell

Architects: ASK Studio
Location: Walker-Johnston Park, 9000 Douglas Avenue, , IA 50322, USA
Area: 5580.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cameron Campbell

Parking Garage Project / Studio di Architettura

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Architects: Studio di Architettura
Location: , NJ, USA
Architect In Charge: Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Francesco Porsia, with Georg Krüger
Area: 633000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio di Architettura

Harmon / Baran Studio Architecture

© Scott Hargis

Architects: Baran Studio Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Development: Dogtown
Year: 2014
Photographs: Scott Hargis

Capital One Lab / Studio O+A

© Jasper Sanidad

Architects: Studio O+A
Location: , CA, USA
Project Team: Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Verda Alexander, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Chris Lindes, Oren Aks, Alma Lopez, Kroeun Dav, Alfred Socias, Justin Ackerman, Sarah Dziuba, Chase Lunt, Jeorge Jordan, Elizabeth Guerrero, Holly Hursley
Area: 3500.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

Engine Company 16 FireHouse / DLR Group

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Architects: DLR Group
Location: 3901 South Wabash Avenue, , IL 60653, USA
Area: 20000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of DLR Group

GVSU Pew Library / Stantec

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Architects: Stantec
Location: 1 West Campus Drive, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401, USA
Architect In Charge: Janice Suchan
Project Manager: Jennifer Durham
Principal Designer: Tod R. Stevens
Area: 75150.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Stantec

Novartis Campus / Weiss/Manfredi

Office Building 335. Image © Paul Warchol

Architects: Weiss/Manfredi
Location: , NJ, USA
Design Partners: Marion Weiss, FAIA and Michael A. Manfredi, FAIA
Project Managers: Clifton Balch (Office Building 335), Christopher Ballentine (Visitor Reception)
Area: 140000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Warchol, Albert Večerka / Esto

Sunshine Canyon Residence / THA Architecture

© Jeremy Bittermann

Architects: THA Architecture
Location: , CO, USA
Area: 2200.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jeremy Bittermann

Courtyard House / NO ARCHITECTURE

© Iwan Baan

Architects: NO ARCHITECTURE
Location: , OR 97002, USA
Architect In Charge: Andrew Heid
Project Team: Christopher Purpura, Jack Hogan, Noa Peer
Year: 2013
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Michael Weber, NOA

AIA Announces Winners of National Healthcare Design Awards

Rush University Medical Center New Hospital Tower / Perkins+Will. Image © James Steinkamp

The AIA has announced 8 projects as winners of their annual National Healthcare Design Awards, rewarding the best in medical architecture from built projects to research excellence. The 8 projects were selected in four categories: built (less than $25 million); built (more than $25 million); Unbuilt; and Innovations in Planning and Design Research.

The awarded projects come from locations throughout the US, as well as one project constructed for Haiti. Read on after the break to see all the winners.