Design Business Flatlines

Recession It's been another tough month for the A&D industry. AIA's latest Architecture Billings Index (ABI) shows that business had a VERY slight uptick in June, which is not very reassuring after a sudden drop in May ended continuing growth earlier this year.

Is recovery still just an optimistic dream? Or, do you agree with AIA chief economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA, and expect to see some turnaround by the end of this year? Share your thoughts with us by commenting below or via e-mail.

–Stacy Straczynski

One Comment

  1. I have just recently started reading the online magazine. The article caught my attention as I am a student in the interior design field and would like to know what the future holds for me. I wish I had a magic ball to tell me what will happen but since I don’t have one, I like to read up on the subject matter. I am currently working out of the field in the retail sector and boy is it slow. I am not an expert on this but I think that it is crucial for anyone to understand that things wont get better overnight. It’s a long process. It is an uncertain time, but one has to remain optimistic. Our history shows, that we have gone through times like this before, we just have to believe in ourselves again. The key thing without getting into too much in depth, is that we have to improve ourselves so that we do not make the same mistakes again. As the saying says there is a silver lining around dark clouds.