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Positioning Your Business for Recovery: A Crash Course on the Architecture Billings Index

Thursday, May 20, 2021

1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Join the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Pennsylvania, American Subcontractors Association (ASA) of Central Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Builders Exchange (PBX) for a timely session all about the ABI. The AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is a leading economic indicator of non-residential construction spending. Investment groups, media outlets, firms of all sizes, and business leaders rely on this leading monthly economic indicator to assess business conditions and predict and track the market. 

This session will give AEC industry professionals a crash course in how to interpret and apply the ABI data for their businesses, as well as what the latest data is telling us about where the construction industry is heading as we approach the second half of the year with optimism as recovery and infrastructure investments hang in the balance.




Director of Market & Economic Research | The American Institute of Architects

Jennifer Riskus is the Director of Market and Economic Research at The American Institute of Architects. In this role, she works closely with Kermit Baker, the AIA Chief Economist, and leads the Architecture Billings Index, a leading indicator of nonresidential construction spending, as well as the major biennial Compensation Survey and AIA Firm Survey report. She also manages a portfolio of internal and external research projects, and provides business intelligence to AIA members to help them navigate current business conditions and prepare for the future.   Jennifer has worked at the AIA since 2001, where she started shortly after graduating from New York University with a B.A. in Individualized Study, with a specialization in psychology and politics.


  • Learn about what the ABI is, and how to interpret it.
  • Learn how to use the ABI data in your business.
  • Understand what the ABI is telling us about business conditions in the design and construction industry over the next 9 to 12 months.
  • Identify turning points in business cycles based on the ABI data.
AIA, ASA or PBX Member:  $15 | Non-Member:  $30*
Continuing Education Credit:  1 AIA LU pending
Professionals that self-report for CE credit will receive a certificate verifying attending if they remain on the duration of the presentation. 
 *non-member registration fees can be credited toward membership dues of AIA, ASA or PBX if you join within 2 weeks of this event.



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