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Architecture: Facts and Figures

updated
February 22, 2021
Published on:
February 27, 2020
January 24, 2021

Architecture: Facts and figures

Economic Impact

  • The architecture sector produced ¬£3.641bn of Gross Value Added in 2018, an increase of 1.5 per cent over the previous figure.
  • Between 2017 and 2018, architecture's GVA increased by 7.8 per cent.

Source: DCMS Economic Estimates, February 2020

Revenues & Employment in Architecture (2019 RIBA Survey)

  • Estimated staff employed in UK architectural practices: 44,000
  • Total revenues: ¬£3.6bn
  • A third of revenues in these practices comes from housing, with UK architects working across a range of project types, including the health, education and commercial sectors
  • Projects worked on in the last 12 months: 173,000
  • Revenue from outside the UK:  ¬£625m

Source: RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey 2019

architecture education Statistics

  • In 2017/18, there were 16,663 students in the UK‚Äôs Schools of Architecture
  • In 2017/18, 3,995 new entrants started RIBA Validated Part 1 architecture courses, an increase of 3 per cent on the previous years
  • 51 per cent of Part 1 new entrants were female students, an increase of 5 per cent on five years ago

Source: RIBA Education Statistics 2017/18

Other Statistics

  • London 2012 ‚Äì the largest redevelopment project in Europe ‚Äì was delivered on budget and on time. (Source: Construction 2025 Government Strategy document). UK firms will be involved in the next two Olympic Games (Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020).
  • There are 375,000 listed buildings in the UK ‚Äì one for every 170 members of the population. (Source: The Farrell Review into Architecture and the Built Environment).
  • The UK has a ¬£530m trade surplus in architecture and surveying. (Source: ONS Pink Book, 2012 quoted in Construction 2025 Government Strategy document).
  • UK-headquartered Foster & Partners is the world‚Äôs most admired architecture firm. (Source: Building Design Online 2014 Most Admired List).
  • The UK is a world centre of architectural education with nearly 50 schools and 10 in London alone. (Source: Architects‚Äô Journal).
  • The UK and Japan tie (with three each) for the most winners of the international Pritzker Prize for Architecture over the last 25 years. The UK‚Äôs Zaha Hadid was the first female winner in 2004. (Source: http://www.pritzkerprize.com/).
  • There are more people employed in UK architecture jobs than dentists, or librarians/museum staff. (Sources: DCMS Estimates, General Dental Council).

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