architecture: Facts and figures


 economic impact 


  • The architecture sector contibuted £3.6bn of Gross Value Added measured at current prices to the UK in 2019, according to statistics from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.
  • Measured by another metric - namely, chained volume measures - the GVA of the UK architecture sector grew by 58.8 per cent between 2010 and 2019.
Source: DCMS Economic Estimates, December 2020


revenues & EMPLOYMENT IN ARCHITECTURE (2020 RIBA benchmarking survey - Data for 2019

  •  Estimated staff employed in UK architectural practices: 42,000
  • Total 2019 revenues: £3.6bn from UK RIBA Chartered Practices
  • 2019 non-UK revenues:  £625m
Source: RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey, 2020


architecture education Statistics

  • In 2018/19, the number of new entrants who started RIBA Validated Part 1 architecture courses increased by 11 per cent to 4,420.The number of entrants on Part 2 courses increased by 6 per cent to 2,302.
  • 48 per cent of those entering Part 2 courses were women. In 2018/19, there was also a 22 per cent rise in the number of international students entering Part 2 architecture courses in the UK.
  • In total there were an estimated 46 schools of architecture in the UK, and 24,400 applications made to Part 1 courses in 2018/19.
Source: RIBA Education Statistics, 2018/19