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One of the things I enjoy most about traveling for work is the opportunity to see places and things I may not have the chance to otherwise. While I don’t always get to do as much exploring as I would like when traveling to a new city for work, I try to get out and enjoy as much as I can.

Every city has its own architectural style, many of which differ vastly from the architecture around Chicago. From California to Florida, every city is unique, with a different style of residential and commercial buildings that provide a unique perspective on the city’s own history. San Diego offers a nice view of the ocean and the airiness of what being in a coastal city is like. On the other side, New Orleans offers a long history and look at what it means to be situated below sea level.

In our 32nd Annual Metal Architecture Architects Survey, we take a deep dive into what types of materials architects are specifying and where they are located. While the continued labor shortage continues to play a role in the construction industry, this year’s survey reiterates last year’s confidence of a stronger construction industry. The majority of architects surveyed remain positive and hopeful for the future.

The survey takes a look at the type of companies, where they are located, who responded to the survey, and approximate billings. It then digs into the different types of metal wall, roof and building products that have been specified in the last year, and what is expected to be specified this year. Check out the survey for more insights, and let us know your own thoughts by commenting online.

Also this month, Senior Editor Mark Robins offers nine things to know about expanded and perforated metals. Even though they have both been used in construction for more than 100 years, architects and designers are regularly finding new ways to implement the materials into their projects. 

And in Creative Metals, we take a closer look at how aluminum composite material (ACM) is used for acoustics at the Voxman Music Building at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Designed by Seattle-based LMN Architects in association with Neumann Monson Architects, Iowa City, the architects pushed the envelope by using ACM in new and different applications.

Metal offers many wonderful opportunities for architects and designers, and I can’t wait to see what is dreamed up next.

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