A recent survey is suggesting that Brexit has had a detrimental effect on UK architecture, with over two-thirds of British architects reporting that building projects have been put on hold since the referendum.
Over one-third of the survey respondents said that in 2017 they had British architecture projects cancelled because of the uncertainty over the country’s departure from the EU.
According to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), these results reveal the existence of major concerns about the ongoing lack of clarity over the relationship with the EU in the long term.
RIBA, whose membership roster ranges from solo practitioners from massive firms led by high-profile professionals, said that Brexit would isolate the UK further, with 74% of members claiming that British architecture needed access to a single market if it wanted to keep expanding internationally.
They also expressed concern that without a cross-border recognition of professional qualifications, they would lose valued employees from the EU.
Survey results suggested that 60% of EU architects working on British architecture projects have thought about leaving the country. This is an increase over a 2016 survey, which stated that 40% of EU architects contemplated leaving because of the referendum.
Over 20% of the 40,000 architects employed in Britain are from the EU.