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Future Trends Survey 2020

Future Trends monitors the employment and business trends affecting the architectural profession. These are the survey results from 2020.

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 in order 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.

You can also view the Future Trends 2019 survey results.

Latest report: February 2020

The February RIBA Future Trends Survey was carried out when the potential effects of COVID-19 in the UK were not foreseen. The results showed a growing positive sentiment about future architectural workloads. All sectors and regions posted a positive balance score.

In March, however, we expect a very significant reduction in the levels of optimism, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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