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Design Trends Point To Smaller Scale Development, Yet Underscore the Need for Affordable Housing and Resilient Communities

Results from The American Institute of Architects (AIA) fourth quarter Home Design Trends Survey revealed a slump in new affordable housing construction and multi-generational housing popularity. Other trends suggest consumers’ interest in communities designed sustainably is growing.  

The latest survey results—focusing on neighborhood design—found that popularity for higher-density development and mixed-use facilities continued to flourish in 2022, even with new construction slowing in all housing sectors. Additionally, demand for durable and fire resistive exteriors, and cool roofs grew. Survey results also showed diverse home styles within communities, demonstrating a shift to smaller scale development.

Other findings of the report indicate:

  • Project billings eased, while inquiries and design contracts decreased in the third quarter with firms in all regions reporting weaker conditions,
  • Project backlogs at residential firms saw a marginal decline in the third quarter.
  • Remodeling sectors remained the strongest.

The AIA Home Design Trends Survey is conducted quarterly with a panel of more than 300 architecture firms that concentrate their practice in the residential sector. More information on the latest survey results can be reviewed on AIA’s website.

About AIA

Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.

AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.

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