The RIBA and the Association of Consultant Architects (ACA) have united to set up a recession-busting Recovery Task Force
Chaired by architect Barry Munday, the taskforce will help architects and co-professionals of all sizes through the credit crunch, as well as preparing plans for ‘an effective recovery’.
The task force hopes to identify a series of practical measures to ‘enhance economic activity’ in the design and construction industries, and will offer assistance to help ‘minimise the social impacts of a recession’.
It will also provide best-practice advice to members in dealing with the effects of a recession and examine how best to help students and graduates seeking practical experience in a difficult job market.
‘The RIBA recognises the challenges faced by the profession in these uncertain times,’ said RIBA president Sunand Prasad, ‘and is doing all it can to minimise the effect of the recession on its members, practices and the wider industry.’
Prasad added: ‘I am glad to be working with the ACA on the task force, to bring to bear the best expertise and experience on a difficult problem. We will use our influence and experience to help ensure that the industry is ready to respond as we emerge from the recession.
Brian Waters, president of the ACA, said: ‘The aim [of the taskforce] is to identify, solicit support and promote a series of immediate measures that will make beneficial changes on the ground, which will increase economic activity for architects, associated professionals and contractors.’
Suggestions from RIBA and ACA members for areas for the task force to explore are welcomed.
Meanwhile, the RIBA has launched a members-only online Recession Survival Kit, described as a ‘practical and tailored guide… featuring advice for all’.