Louis Hellman's well-known architect figure (left) is happily daydreaming at his drawing board, and that is because the future is still looking bright in the profession.
There are more 'don't know's' this time round, but the majority - more than 70 per cent - believe good times are ahead, despite worries over fees, the fact the architect is less and less often the lead consultant, the public and the industry does not understand the architect's role and there's a big skills shortage on the way. Happy, too, despite the fact that the 'worst thing about your job' table is actually a far longer list than the one about 'most rewarding' facets of the job (we have edited it). You are also concerned about arrogant and unreasonable clients, a lack of time, litigation, deadlines, an increasing amount of speculative work, procurement routes and that long-held bugbear, the planning system.
But the chart is on an upward slant, practices are busy, and the Blair government has at least made encouraging noises about the importance of design in delivering its socalled urban renaissance. Only last week culture secretary Chris Smith documented architecture's worth to the economy - fee earnings from the 6000 or so private practices on these shores totalling £1.7 billion, a leap of 43 per cent compared with 1997.
Reasons to be cheerful? Roll on 2002!
Research by Camargue Communications