Last edited 21 Mar 2018

Global by Design 2018

On 21st March 2018, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) published a new report Global by Design 2018 presenting the results of the most comprehensive survey of architects on Brexit.

The report provides insight into the impact of Brexit uncertainty as well as the priorities and trends facing the architectural profession. Stark warnings are raised concerning an exodus of talent and cancelled projects, as well as a continued lack of clarity about the future relationship between the UK and EU.

Among the survey’s findings are:

A similar report in 2017 found that 61% had reported project delays, 36% had reported cancellations, and 40% of EU architects had considered leaving. This indicates that attitudes and experiences are becoming more negative.

In response to the concerns raised, RIBA’s report sets out a series of recommendations for the government to maintain and strengthen the UK as a global hub for architecture, including:

  • A deal that maintains market access and avoids non-tariff barriers.
  • New services trade agreements with priority markets, opening new opportunities for UK architecture.
  • An immigration system which continues to allow businesses to access ‘the best global talent’.
  • Continued mutual recognition of architectsprofessional qualifications with the EU.
  • New mutual recognition agreements in markets such as USA, Canada and Australia.
  • Expansion of the scope and range of support for architectural exports.

RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said:

“2018 is a critical year for the UK and whilst our architect members are adaptable and creative, the results from our survey show increasing uncertainty amongst the profession. While the UK Government has provided the headlines on the country’s future relationship with the EU, we need urgent action from them if the UK is to stem the talent exodus and inspire confidence in UK construction investment.

“The UK must maintain and strengthen its role as a global centre for architecture, responsible for creating innovative and inspiring buildings and communities in the UK and across the world. But to do this we need the right agreements and conditions in place to ensure that the UK continues to be a global facing nation and an attractive place to live, work and invest. We will be continuing to make this case to Government on behalf of our members.”

RIBA’s report Global by Design 2018 can be downloaded here.

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