This framework provides our profession – and the RIBA – with a vital, long-term outcome to guide our activity to 2034, the date at which the Institute becomes 200 years old.
It sets a direction of travel to ensure the profession can not only survive, but thrive. The masterplan – and its goals – consider current struggles, including the vital need to increase diversity at all levels, and the changing role of the architect, who works against a backdrop of developing digital technology.
The masterplan seeks to move architects to their rightful position in the design and construction process – as highly-skilled and qualified ‘guardians of the built environment’ – and the goals intend to bring more voices and perspectives to the table, so that the profession can be seen as a truly competent, diverse, valued and financially attractive source of solutions.
It’s based upon the President’s Fact-Finding Mission (2021), led by RIBA Past-President Alan Jones.
So, how will the masterplan be used? Last year, the RIBA Council and Board recognised that setting five-year strategies was no longer appropriate for our rapidly changing world, and instead agreed to adopt successive biennial plans that align with this long-term outcome. This outcome is articulated in the 2034 Masterplan.
As was agreed, RIBA Council will remain the stewards of the 2034 Masterplan, looking at the results and suggesting areas for prioritisation to the Board. The Board, in conjunction with each President, will then set biennial plans, from which the Chief Executive will develop activities. In this respect, the Council acts as the ‘insight’; Board as the ‘oversight’; and Executive as the delivery mechanism. This new strategic partnership will also involve a new way of business planning and resource management, giving more certainty to the staff delivering the activities.
View and download the 2034 Masterplan below.