Will there be such a thing as an architect in 2025? The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) isn’t too sure. This week, its think tank, Building Futures, has published a report – The Future for Architects? – that will make rather disturbing reading for most British architects, and for anyone harbouring old-fashioned or romantic notions of what an architect might or should be.
The report hints darkly at the death of the typical, medium-size British architectural practice (ones with around 25-150 staff), and suggests that most work in the future will be carried out in emerging countries a long way from home. The firms that will survive will either be small scale, local studios or high-powered, business-minded international offices with multilingual staffs based around the world….http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/mar/04/riba-beliebers-justin-bieber-architects