I had the pleasure in late June of attending our first American Institute of Architects (AIA) convention, which was held in Chicago. The initial impression of the AIA convention is that of a mini-International Builders Show with a greater emphasis on the commercial market.Those in my group and I spoke to dozens of attendees and exhibitors over two days and the tone was unanimously positive. Companies operating in various segments and located throughout the US were uniform in reporting that they are in a full-fledged...

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