RIBA Survey Reveals Decrease in Prospects for UK Architects

15 August 2010 (Last Updated August 15th, 2010 18:30)

The July 2010 results of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) future trends survey predict a double-dip recession for UK architects. Architectural practices anticipate an overall reduction in workload in the next quarter as indicated by the RIBA future workload index graph.

The July 2010 results of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) future trends survey predict a double-dip recession for UK architects.

Architectural practices anticipate an overall reduction in workload in the next quarter as indicated by the RIBA future workload index graph.

A total of 28% architects expect the workload to decrease, while 16% of architects expect a decrease in employees and 27% of respondents stated they were personally underemployed in July.

The survey noted that large practices were doubtful about future projects across sectors.

The survey revealed that 42% of practices expected a drop in future public sector workload while 19% of firms expected commercial sector work to decrease.

The private housing sector fared better last month with the number of firms expecting more work staying constant at 26%, while numbers expecting work to decrease rose by 2%.

For July 2010, the RIBA future trends workload index fell by 4% and the RIBA future trends staffing index fell by 8%.