Insight to action: the future of the professional services industry, 2018

Outline

The professional services sector is in a state of flux. While globally the sector continues to grow, competition has intensified and margins have gotten tighter. Suppliers no longer have the monopoly on specialized knowledge they once had and corporate buyers want “more for less”. Emerging technologies are upending traditional delivery models and signal more disruption to come.

To explore these issues we surveyed 700 senior decision-makers from professional services companies around the world, distilling the results in our latest report Insight to action: the future of the professional services industry. Most respondents said they felt concerned by this more challenging business environment and unprepared for the future.

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Rachael Bernstone of Sounds Like Design

Architects and research-based knowledge: A literature review, February 2014

Executive Summary

Part of a series of RIBA publications on research – Architects and Research – this desktop study, undertaken for the RIBA by the Research Information Network, looks at published academic research on information practices in architecture and the built environment. The study is intended to help the RIBA to refine its strategy for communicating research, but is also a useful resource for practices who may be wanting to, for example, encourage the sharing of knowledge between their staff members. It demonstrates the importance of understanding research cultures across the built environment sector for those, such as the RIBA, seeking to encourage closer relationships between researchers across practice and academia, and more effective knowledge transfer.

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Naomi Stead and Sandra Kaji O’Grady, Deans of Monash and QUT architecture schools respectively, in their Dossier on research in large practices, Architecture Australia, July/August 2018

 

Dossier - Research in Large Practice

By Naomi Stead and Sandra Kaji-O’Grady

Abstract

This guest-edited Dossier addresses the state of research in large architecture practices in Australia, examining the scope, ambition and impact of research activities on the business and culture of practice. How can research secure and enlarge the architect's influence?

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Rachael Bernstone of Sounds Like Design

 

 

Early Stage Cost Estimation and the Relationship of Architects to Quantity Surveyors

Abstract

Understanding the dynamics between cost estimation and design in the project delivery process is essential if accuracy of early stage estimates must be improved. In Australia architects are the primary designers of buildings. Yet, in the Australian context very little work has examined how architects view cost estimation in order to understand cost dynamics. A first step in ascertaining the key issues in relation to cost estimation and design is when architects engage a Quantity Surveyor. The aim is to examine the costing of the conceptual design of projects rather than focusing on professional roles between architect and QS. The point at which a QS is appointed in the design process is identified. The types of issues that arise in relation to costing and design are recognized. To do this, 1132 architects were approached and 85 surveys were received. Each respondent was asked to answer questions related to the highest value project completed by their office. The types of design issues that were acknowledged were related to finishes, construction methods and materials. Of concern was the ability of the QS to cost accurately in situations that required expert knowledge related to a location or particular building type. The results are a first step in formulating further research investigating the ongoing cost messages and costing iterations that take place during the project delivery process. Understanding this dynamic in the first instance will aid research into value management, project benchmarking studies, bidding and tendering as well as stakeholder management studies.

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Dr Peter Raisbeck in his blog Surviving the design studio

The architectural sector in full swing, from futurA in Delft

Summary

This Dutch white paper The architectural sector in full swing‘ was written by Jasper Kraaijeveld, policy advisor Market & Entrepreneurship at BNA (Royal Institute of Dutch Architects) and project member of futurA.

It examines current developments in the architectural sector and compares the situation before the economic crisis to the current market situation, and examines trends. It suggests that - as a result of changing markets - architecture firms have to acquire new competences and think about their business strategy.

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Dr Peter Raisbeck in his blog Surviving the design studio