The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has commissioned a significant survey to monitor the employment and business trends affecting the architectural profession throughout the period of the economic downturn.
Launched as part of a suite of recession-focused initiatives, the Riba Futures Survey will be completed monthly by a sample representing a cross-section of members. The survey is focused on areas that members may face potential difficulties in including workload, staff levels and work in specific sectors. Monthly results will be independently analysed in order to identify the employment and business trends affecting the profession, and to help identify implications for the profession and inform further Riba activities.
The Riba Future Trends survey was devised by the Riba Research and Development and Practice Departments. It is run in collaboration with the Fees Bureau, which will conduct the survey and analyse the data.
In an official release, Riba Director of Practice, Adrian Dobson, said: "The current economic situation has presented considerable challenges for the profession, but Riba is firmly committed to helping architects during these uncertain times. The Future Trends survey is primarily intended to gather knowledge and act as an indicator of both the current situation and potential future issues facing our members, enabling the institute to respond quickly and effectively to any trends it may identify. Ultimately we will do all we can to help members survive the recession and be better geared up for any economic up-turn."
The initial sample was drawn from those who have previously agreed to take part in Riba's annual salary survey. The current sample comprises of approximately 120 members including principals in practice.
Riba said it is very concerned about the unfolding economic downturn and its impact on the architectural profession and construction industry. The institute is monitoring both the wider financial situation and the specific impact on its members. Riba provides guidance and support for members to survive the recession and to be best prepared for the future – practical help has been provided in Recession Survival Kit, and Guide to Working Internationally.