Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2015

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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110 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 3 7 While many landscape architectural firms viewed 2014 as an improvement from the previous year, the American Society of Landscape Architect's (ASLA) fourth quarter business survey reports quarterly dips in billable hours and inquiries for new work. One bright spot was that plans to hire rose from the previous quarter. The national business survey was fielded January 21 to February 4, 2015, with 229 primary firm contacts responding. The survey found that 74.67 percent reported stable to significantly higher billable hours, a notable decrease from 84.17 percent the previous quarter. Some 76.75 percent said inquiries for new work were stable to significantly higher, another decline from 83.89 in the third quarter. Year to year, 80.17 percent of firms indicated stable to significantly higher fourth-quarter billable hours, a slight dip from the fourth quarter of 2013 (81.5 percent). Additionally, 84.64 percent said inquiries for new work were stable to significantly higher, a jump from the fourth quarter of 2013 (81.5 percent). Across the board, most firms (87.51 percent) described business conditions for 2014 as stable to significantly better than the previous year. Fully 71.88 percent said that 2014 was slightly to significantly better. Of firms with two or more employees, about half (50.63 percent) said they planned to hire in the first quarter of 4Q Dips for Billable Hours and Inquiries for New Work; Plans to Hire Rise ASLA Business Survey: Billable Hours: 4th Quarter Compared to Last Quarter Billable Hours: 4th Quarter Year to Year Business Results for 2014 Compared to 2013 Do you plan to hire in 1st Quarter 2015? (Continued on page 130)

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