Early findings from the AJ’s Student Survey have revealed that nearly two-thirds of international architecture students are worried about being eligible to work in the UK after graduating
Provisional results from the online questionnaire – which is still open – show that an overwhelming 62 per cent of architecture students from overseas are concerned about their future in the UK.
Of the respondents who anonymously left comments about their situation, several said Britain’s decision last Thursday (23 June) to leave the European Union was adding to their anxiety.
One student wrote: ‘I have been living in the UK for 11 years and have consequently been treated as a home student. Until now I had next to no worries about being able to continue living and working in the UK.
‘But in the light of the EU referendum results, I really don’t know what is going to happen.’
Another respondent said: ‘Since the UK’s [decision to leave] the EU … architects will not be willing to hire internationals.’
When asked about the biggest issues facing the profession, 8.9 per cent of all respondents cited the potential impact of the UK leaving the EU as their greatest fear.
Rab Bennetts, founding director of Bennetts Associates, said he too was concerned about the uncertain future for young European architects following the EU referendum.
He told the AJ: ‘Quite apart from the practical issue of having mobility between different countries, the younger European designers in the creative industries are saying they feel rejected and no longer welcome. They are devastated, angry and slightly afraid of what will happen.’
Bennetts added: ‘Unsurprisingly, racism – overt and casual – seems have found an outlet through the Brexit victory, and the impact on those from abroad and at home who have relished our diverse, lively society is proving to be hugely negative as it has revealed a part of the English personality that they weren’t particularly aware of before.’
More than 450 students have already responded to the wide-ranging survey on architectural education with the full results expected to be revealed later next month.
Take the AJ’s 2016 Student Survey
The AJ is currently conducting a survey for architecture students in the UK. Information from this will be used in upcoming AJ articles, both in print and online. All students who fill out the survey will have the chance to win a selection of top architecture books.