Demand for design services in November increased at a modest pace for the second month in a row with a score of 51.9, according to a new report today from The American Institute of Architects (AIA).

For the Architecture Billings Index (ABI), any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings. During November, new project inquiries score was 60.9 and design contracts was 52.9, both showing positive results.

“The uncertainty surrounding the overall health of the economy is leading developers to proceed with more caution on new projects,” said AIA chief economist Kermit Baker. “​We are at a point where there is a potential for an upside but also a potential for things to get worse.”

Key ABI highlights for November include:

  • Regional averages, which were positive in the South (54.5),West (51.3) and Midwest (51.1) but down in the Northeast (47.5);
  • Sector index breakdown, which saw slight growth for commercial/industrial (52.9), mixed practice (52.2), multi-family residential (51.5) and institutional (50.1);
  • Project inquiries index which was positive 60.9
  • Design contracts index: 52.9

The regional and sector categories are calculated as a three-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.

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