In an effort to try to relieve some of the stress of the recession in construction, the American Institute of Architects is becoming an online matchmaker, of sorts. On Nov. 7, the AIA launched a stalled-projects online database intended to hook up developers, architects and other industry leaders with investors and funders to restart mothballed U.S. building projects. The find-a-business-partner initiative is designed to help architects and their clients find a solution to the 'primary issue plaguing the design and construction industry'access to credit,' says the AIA.
“The Match.com approach can bring investors, agencies, planners, architects and developers together to find opportunities to move forward,” says Clark Manus, CEO of Heller Manus Architects, San Francisco, and the current AIA president. “The database will grow over time,” he adds.