Architects invited to shape future of profession


Architects from across the UK are being given the opportunity to shape the future of the profession, as part of a wholesale review by the Government that will modernise regulation and improve accessibility and innovation in the sector.

Those working across the architectural and built environment professions have been urged to share their views and contribute towards a better future for the industry.

The call for evidence will run for 12 weeks, focusing specifically on the role of the Architects Registration Board (ARB), and will form the first part of a wider review of architectural regulation, including thematic workshops and interviews with sector representatives.

Initial findings from the review will then be provided to the Housing Secretary by Spring 2022, with the outcome expected in the Summer.

Housing Minister, Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP said: “Our architectural sector is one of the best in the world – with first-class educational institutions, world-leading practices, and a healthy export market.

“The review we are launching today builds on this outstanding legacy, looking to the future and exploring the changes we need for an innovative, accessible and diverse profession that delivers better, greener and safer design and construction.”

Alan Kershaw, Chair of the Architects Registration Board, said: “ARB has set an ambitious agenda that will modernise and transform the way we regulate. It’s essential that we have a renewed and modern policy framework to match.

“The Government’s review asks important questions about policy and regulation and we look forward to playing a full part in shaping and supporting an architectural profession that is fit for the future.”

The review builds on a recent consultation on changes to the way architects are regulated, and will invite responses on aspects including:

  •  How the profession can become more diverse and accessible
  • Whether the current regulatory regime is fit for purpose
  • The role of the regulation of architects in ensuring a more sustainable built environment
  • How the Government can promote innovation in the sector

The open consultation can be accessed here.