The AIA's Architecture Billings Index for September was 51.1 (any score over 50 indicates an increase in billings), the lowest score since June 2006.

The American Institute of Architecture Students and the AIA Trust have announced the AIAS/AIA Trust Scholarship Program for Emerging Professionals. The program, designed to help students in the fifth year of an undergraduate program or the first year of a graduate professional degree, will award five scholarships of $750 each year. The deadline for applications for the 2007–2008 school year is Dec. 14. Learn more at

New York City firm Caples Jefferson Architects has been selected to design the visitors center for the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens, N.Y.

The Poetry Foundation, based in Chicago, has chosen John Ronan Architects to design the group's new home, which is expected to be completed in 2010.

General contracting, construction, management, and consulting company Mackenzie Keck has purchased the green-building consulting firm Global Thinking, which will be led by architect Frank Sherman.

The ranks of full-time architecture critics at newspapers continue to dwindle. The last article by Whitney Gould, who has written for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for 12 years, appeared on Nov. 18. The paper has not decided whether to hire a replacement.

After five decades of designing homes away from home for untold thousands of travelers, Gerald L. Allison retired from resort and hospitality giant Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (now simply WATG) in October.

Influential New York City architect Martin Raab, who worked for many years at HLW International and also led the School Construction Authority, died on Nov. 14 at age 75.