architecture: Facts and figures


 economic impact (2014 DATA)


  • The architecture sector produced £4.33bn of Gross Value Added in 2014, a rise of 16.4% from 2013 (£3.72bn). 
  • Between 2008 and 2013, architecture's GVA increased by an average of 0.2 per cent per year.
Source: Creative Industries Economic Estimates, January 2016, DCMS.



  •  Estimated number of architecture-related UK jobs in the creative industries: 90,000.
  • The largest concentrations of architects in the UK are found in London, the South East, East of England and Scotland
Source: Creative Industries Focus on Employment - June 2016, DCMS.


architecture key statistics:

 • 20% of UK architectural firms’ income is from overseas work. (Source: RIBA Business Benchmarking Executive Survey, 2012/3). The value of exported architectural services was estimated to be £373m in 2012 (up 3 per cent from 2011.

• London 2012 – the largest redevelopment project in Europe – 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 – 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’s 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’ Journal).

• 3,748 students entered RIBA Validated Part 1 architecture courses in 2014/15. This was 8 per cent higher than the number recorded last year, and indeed the year before, and this year’s figure is similar to the number recorded in the early part of this decade. (Source: Education Statistics2014-15, RIBA)

• 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’s Zaha Hadid was the first female winner in 2004. (Source:

• There are more people employed in UK architecture jobs than dentists, or librarians/museum staff. (Sources: DCMS Estimates, General Dental Council).