On 23 November 2019, the Architects’ Council of Europe organised a conference with the title Perspectives, inviting young architects from all over Europe to express their views on the profession and their visions and aspirations for the future. The present statement summarises the contributions received from the speakers of the conference.
Download the statement here
The video recordings of the conference are available on the ACE Youtube Channel.
Architecture remains a very attractive profession for the younger generations. According to the latest ACE Sector Study, the number of architects in Europe is steadily growing and the profession is today relatively young: 30% of architects in Europe are aged under 40 and 15% have 5 years or less experience.
In a context of highly competitive markets, where business and professional practices are changing rapidly, young architects and architectural practices face many challenges and issues: getting work, participating in public procurement and design competitions, experiencing new forms of collaboration and new business models, working in other EU countries, exporting services internationally, continuing professional development, etc.
This public conference held at the Collegi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC) in Barcelona, Spain brought together 12 young European architects (aged under 40) who will:
- Explain how they perceive the practice of the profession today (risks, opportunities, challenges, difficulties);
- Share experiences, good practice and innovative solutions for the creation and running of an architectural office and the practice of the profession;
- Present their visions/ expectations/ desires for the future of the profession;
- Express what they expect from the European Union to support the practice of the profession and achieve quality in the built environment.
Download the programme here.
Read more about the speakers here.
With the support of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Madrid, Spain