The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Association of Consultant Architects (ACA) have established a Recovery Task Force, with the aim of helping architects and co-professionals through the recession and plan for an effective recovery.
Chaired by architect Barry Munday, the task f orce will reflect the views of a wide range of stakeholders, including smaller and larger practices, students and co-professionals. Its remit will range from consideration of the larger financial picture, including recent measures announced by the Government to support the economy, to providing guidance for individuals affected.
The Task Force will look to:
identify and promote a series of practical measures which will enhance economic activity in design and construction
minimise the social impacts of a recession by offering assistance to practices
assist the RIBA and the ACA in giving best practice advice to members in dealing with the effects of a recession
examine how best to help students and graduates seeking practical experience in a difficult job market
Sunand Prasad, President of the RIBA said:
"The RIBA recognises the challenges faced by the profession in these uncertain times, and is doing all it can to minimise the effect of the recession on its members, practices and the wider industry. I am glad to be working with the ACA on the task force, to bring to bear the best expertise and experience on a difficult problem. We will utilise our influence and experience to help ensure that the industry is ready to respond as we emerge from the recession.
Brian Waters, President of the ACA said:
"We have agreed to establish a Recovery Task Force in response to the Government's proposals for a fiscal boost to the economy. The aim is to identify, solicit support and promote a series of immediate measures which will make beneficial changes on the ground which will increase economic activity for architects, associated professionals and contractors."
The Task Force welcomes suggestions from RIBA and ACA members for actions which the task force might explore.