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RIBA Future Trends survey 2023

The RIBA Future Trends survey monitors the employment and business trends affecting the architectural profession. These are the survey results from 2023.

December 2023

In December, the RIBA Future Trends Workload Index fell by 3 points to -9, marking its sixth consecutive month in negative territory. A negative balance indicates an overall expectation of falling workloads among architects. 

December's findings show that , over the next three months, architects continue to expect workloads and staffing levels to fall overall, but larger practices remain markedly more optimistic. 

About RIBA Future Trends

Launched as part of a suite of economy focused initiatives, the survey is completed monthly by a sample representing a cross section of members. The survey is focused on areas in which members may face potential difficulties, including workload, staff levels and work in specific sectors.

Monthly results are independently analysed to identify the employment and business trends affecting the profession and to help to identify implications for the profession and inform further RIBA activities.

The Future Trends survey was devised by the RIBA Research and Development and Practice departments and launched in January 2009. It is run in collaboration with The Fees Bureau, which conducts the surveys and analyses the data.

The reports for 2023 are available at the bottom of this page.

You can also view the 2022 Future Trends survey results.

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