The RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) has outlined five key challenges and opportunities for architects and the built environment and policy recommendations needed to address them, following the leave vote in the European Union referendum on 23rd June, 2016.

Their analysis reflects the unique position of architecture and the RIBA across a number of sectors vital to the UK economy and its global reach – construction, digital, education and the creative industries.

RIBA believes that with the right actions taken to address the challenges, along with proper utilization of the opportunities outlined, architects can design buildings and spaces that meet the needs of communities and hence contribute to economic growth.


Forging new commercial and research partnerships through new trade agreements. Maintaining the strength of the UKs world-class architectural sector.
Strengthening the UK economy. Maintaining a skilled and innovative profession.
Gaining a competitive advantage in EU and overseas  markets. Retaining the free movement of skills/services and mutual recognition of professional


Improving SME access to public sector projects by reforming UK procurement policy. Maintaining affordable EU product supply and ability to specify product standards.
Using VAT flexibility to boost construction and bring down costs of meeting standards. Maintaining access to research funding.