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Architects and Architectural Services

SIC 8712 | NAICS 541310

The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and statistics, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Financial Information and Financial Ratios

Compensation and Salary Surveys

Business Valuation Resources


For resource guides specific to other industries, see our index which lists resource guides by SIC code for over 400 industries.




Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts


Architectural Services  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

Sample report is available online.

American Institute of Architects
Information resources available from this organization include:

Architect Magazine
http://www.architectmagazine.com/
Trade magazine features news and information for the architectural professionals, with topics covered including industry trends, market intelligence, business practices, technology solutions, and more. Current and prior issues can be viewed free online.

AIA Firm Survey
http://store.aia.org/  Search for "firm survey"
Annual report analyzes emerging trends in the profession and how they interact with economic trends and technological developments, and also includes information on firm characteristics and operations, and provides comparative benchmarks which allow users to evaluate their operations in relation to their peers.


Architectural Services
http://www.firstresearch.com

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, recent news and developments, business challenges, issues, trends, and opportunities, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:

Sample report is available online.

ZweigWhite
A/E/P and Environmental Consulting Industry Outlook:
Strategy and Insight for Design & Construction Firms

http://www.zweigwhite.com/books.php
Annual industry outlook report provides insights on expectations for the year ahead for A/E/P (architectural, engineering, and planning) and environmental consulting firms, with topics covered including business trends affecting the industry, opportunities and challenges, outlook for specific regions and markets, and strategies firms will use to grow. Survey overview and description can be viewed free online.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Architects
http://www.bls.gov/
Information provided for this occupational category includes a description of the nature of the work and the work environment, number and types of jobs, education and training requirements, wages and earnings, employment outlook, and sources for additional information. All information is available free online.

IRS Audit Technique Guides
Architects and Landscape Architects
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-utl/atg.pdf
IRS audit guide contents include an overview of the industry and its business practices with primary focus on accounting and tax issues. Publication is available free online.

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Financial Benchmarking Data


Industry Financial Ratios
Architectural Services
http://www.bizminer.com  Search for "541310"

Five-year comparative financial statement analysis includes income statements with expense detail, balance sheets, cash flow analysis, and key financial and operating ratios, with detailed benchmarking data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level.

Sample reports are available online.

ZweigWhite
Information resources available from this organization include:

Financial Performance Survey of A/E/P & Environmental Consulting Firms
http://www.zweigwhite.com/
Annual report provides key financial performance data including revenue and expenses, chargeability, revenue factor, overhead rates, average collection period, project backlog, and staff turnover, with data broken out by firm type, size, region, growth rate, and client base. Survey overview and description can be viewed free online.

Operating Expenses Survey of A/E/P & Environmental Consulting Firms
http://www.zweigwhite.com/
Annual operating expenses report provides detailed expense data for categories such as human resources, employee benefits, technology, rent and utilities, marketing, and liability insurance, with data broken out by firm type, size, region, growth rate, and client base. Survey overview and description can be viewed free online.


PSMJ Resources, Inc.
PSMJ A/E Financial Performance Benchmark Survey
http://www.psmj.com/benchmark
Annual financial performance benchmark report allows users to compare their financial and operating performance with other similar firms, with survey data provided including income statement, overhead expense, and balance sheet data and key financial and operating ratios. Table of contents can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys


American Institute of Architects
AIA Compensation Survey
http://store.aia.org/  Search for "compensation survey"
Triennial compensation survey provides compensation and benefits information for architectural firm employees, with survey data broken out by firm size based on number of employees and on a national, regional, state, and metropolitan area level. Table of contents and selected excerpts can be viewed free online.

ZweigWhite
Information resources available from this organization include:

Management Compensation Survey of A/E/P & Environmental Consulting Firms
http://www.zweigwhite.com/
Annual management compensation report provides annual base salary, bonus, overtime pay, and total compensation for top management personnel employed by architectural, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms, with compensation data broken out by firm type, staff size, geographic region, firm growth rate, and firm profit. Survey overview and description can be viewed free online.

Salary Survey of Architecture, Interior Design & Landscape Architecture Firms
http://www.zweigwhite.com/
Annual salary survey provides compensation data for all positions at architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture firms, with salary data broken out by firm type, staff size, and geographic region. Survey overview and description can be viewed free online.


PSMJ Resources, Inc.
PSMJ A/E Management Compensation Benchmark Survey
http://www.psmj.com/benchmark
Annual management compensation benchmark report provides compensation and benefits information, including base salary, bonus, and total compensation, for 18 management positions ranging from junior project manager to chairman of the board. Table of contents can be viewed free online.

ERI Economic Research Institute
Architecture Salary Survey
http://www.erieri.com/
Annual publication provides compensation data from ERI Assessor®, government, and survey participant databases for executive, salaried, and hourly personnel on a national and regional level. Complete listing of job positions included in the survey and sample pages for selected job positions are accessible online.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Architects
http://www.bls.gov/
Information provided for this occupational category includes a description of the nature of the work and the work environment, number and types of jobs, education and training requirements, wages and earnings, employment outlook, and sources for additional information. All information is available free online.

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Business Valuation Resources


FMI
Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor
http://www.fminet.com/resources  Search "keywords" for "merger"
Newsletter provides insights on mergers and acquisitions trends in the architectural, engineering, and construction industries, and also includes information on recent industry transactions and public market valuations by industry segment. Current and prior issues can be viewed free online with registration.

ZweigWhite
Information resources available from this organization include:

Valuation Survey of A/E/P & Environmental Consulting Firms
http://www.zweigwhite.com/
Annual valuation survey provides six different valuation measures for architectural, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms with comparative valuation data broken out by firm size, type, age, region, growth rate, reason for valuation, and more. Survey overview and description can be viewed free online.

Merger & Acquisition Survey of A/E/P & Environmental Consulting Firms
http://www.zweigwhite.com/
Annual survey provides the latest data on merger and acquisition activity for architectural, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms, with survey data categorized by firm type, services offered, market sector, annual revenue, home office region, number of employees, annual growth rate, and profitability. Survey overview and description can be viewed free online.


Valuing Professional Practices and Licenses:
A Guide for the Matrimonial Practitioner

Part E - Valuing Architectural and Engineering Practices
Ronald L. Brown (Editor), Aspen Publishers, supplemented annually
http://www.aspenpublishers.com/
Loose-leaf guide contains over 45 chapters focused on valuing professional practices and professional degrees and licenses for divorce purposes. Detailed table of contents and searchable text can be viewed free online using "Google Preview" feature.

PSMJ Resources, Inc.
PSMJ's Guide to A/E Mergers & Acquisitions
http://www.psmj.com/publications/books/index.cfm
Two-volume set covering A/E mergers & acquisitions from both buyer's and seller's standpoint. Manuals include information on valuing a firm, identifying prospective buyers or acquisitions, negotiating the best deal, and ensuring a cultural match.

BVR Business Valuation Guides and Books
Publications available from this organization include:

BVR's Industry Transaction & Profile Annual Report on Architectural Firms
http://www.bvresources.com/
Annual publication includes an industry profile, five-year financial analysis, pricing rules of thumb, and actual deal data from sales transactions. Table of contents containing additional descriptive information and identifying data sources can be viewed free online.

A/E Firm Business Valuation and M&A Transaction Study
http://www.bvresources.com/
Valuation study analyzes data from over 200 stock transactions and includes information on enterprise and equity value multiples, differences in value between minority and controlling interests and public and private firms, how merger and acquisition transactions were structured, and forms of consideration paid.


Small Business Valuation Formula Multiples
Architectural and Drafting Services
http://valuationresources.com/

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based business valuation multiples for small businesses in more than 200 industries. Valuation multiples are derived from actual business sales transactions as reported by BIZCOMPS®, with the primary focus on small companies priced at less than $1 million.


BVMarketData
Private Company Sales Transactions
Pratt's Stats® | BIZCOMPS®
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search private company sales transactions by business description for comparable business sales transaction data, including revenue, earnings, and EBITDA multiples.


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