The Architecture Billings Index was up 1.4 points at 43.1, matching July's level, according to the American Institute of Architects.
The index has remained below 50, indicating contraction in demand for design services, since January 2008. Its lowest recent reading was 33.3 in January.
A measure of inquiries for new projects, however, rose to 59.1, its highest in two years -- "an encouraging sign," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker.
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