Design Trends Point to Smaller Scale Development

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.