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: 98,000.
  • The largest concentrations of architects in the UK are found in London, the South East, East of England and Scotland
Source: DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates, DCMS, July 2017.


architecture key statistics:

 • There are 31,400 staff employed in architectural practices

• 55% of revenue comes from housing, with the majority from housing extensions

• 125,000 projects worked on in the last 12 months

 • Revenue from work on projects outside the UK totalled £474m

• Total revenues were £2.5bn

Source: RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey 2016.


architecture education Statistics

In 2015/16, there were 15,500 students in the UK’s Schools of Architecture

• 50% of applications are from female students, an increase of 5% on five years ago

•  3,811 new entrants started RIBA Validated Part 1 architecture courses in 2015/16, an increase of 2% on the previous year



• 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).

• 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).