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Economics and Market Research


Research for Practice

The AIA Economics and Market Research group provides AIA members with insights and analysis of the economic factors that shape the business of architecture. We conduct monthly and periodic surveys to track business conditions and provide our members with useful and timely analysis. We also work with and use data from other institutions to compile information that helps explain the market dynamics of the architecture business.

Using our quantitative expertise and deep knowledge of the architecture marketplace, we strive to provide top-notch reports and industry outlooks to help our members better understand their economic environment and how it affects their firm’s performance.

Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA – Chief Economist (202) 626-7316
James Chu – Director, Research (202) 626-8045
Jennifer Riskus – Manager, Economic Research (202) 626-7532

Through its research programs, initiatives, and opportunities, the AIA investigates the culture of research and drivers of change. The aim is to identify emerging research agendas in architecture and elevate the importance of research in the profession. Researchers, through AIA funding, assess new research methodologies, new standards and criteria for research, as well as new research priorities appropriate to twenty-first century challenges. Funded research explores issues around Institute initiatives and domains of inquiry including, but not limited to, leadership, practice, building performance, and design.

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