RIBA for clients

The RIBA Client Liaison Group, chaired by Nigel Ostime of Hawkins\Brown and including Stephen Hodder MBE of Hodder Associates, was set up to understand clients' experience of architects and the value they bring to the project team.

Survey results

Headline results from the inaugural Working with Architects survey were previewed at Grand Designs Live and UK Construction Week, both in Birmingham, and at MIPIMUK in London on 19 October 2016

Nearly 1,000 clients, a third of them private domestic clients, took the survey after its launch by RIBA Immediate Past President, Stephen Hodder MBE and the broadcaster Kevin McCloud at Grand Designs Live London in May.

Full survey results

Full results will be published in a report issued to RIBA Chartered Practices in November. A summary report with be available to download from member area of website from 9 November 2016. 

The findings will benchmark client attitudes, inform future RIBA policy, and for the first time gather a body of evidence demonstrating the value of working with architects.

They will also give valuable insights into what clients want, information that architects can use to improve how they win and deliver work.

For further information visit the working with architects survey page. 

About the RIBA Client Liaison Group

For three years now the RIBA Client Liaison Group has engaged with clients to develop architectural knowledge by listening and learning and feeding back to the profession. The objective is to provide architects with researched insights into the changing needs to major categories of clients so that we can shape our services to better support their outcomes.

Phase one - Client & Architect

In the first phase of the initiative (2013 - 2015), we engaged with some 500 clients, gathering evidence through roundtable discussions and one-to-one filmed interviews by sector.  We covered contractor-led procurement, housing, retrofit, local authorities, schools, workplace, commercial developers, healthcare, heritage, transport & infrastructure and sport & leisure sectors.

Client & Architect report

Findings are summarised in the influential report ‘Client & Architect – developing the essential relationship’, free to download. 

Phase two

Phase two includes the Working with Architects survey and work to pilot the Clients into Schools of Architecture programme. 

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