This book is a series of curated essays by high-profile architecture and design leaders and educators on the topic of professionalism. The book first sets out the current agenda - defining professionalism for the architecture sector - before moving on to focus on delivering the increased professional skills curriculum content within architecture schools as set by the RIBA. With an introduction and conclusion by the Editors, this book explores what contemporary professionalism within architecture is, and its future, encouraging the current and future profession to address professionalism across the industry.  

chapter 1|4 pages

Visible and invisible diversities

Why our profession needs to be holistically inclusive

chapter 2|4 pages

Live project/designbuild education

Creating new connections between universities, communities and contemporary professionalism

chapter 3|4 pages

Next generation architects - professionalism +

Qualities of the professional beyond ARB/RIBA codes in ever-changing contexts

chapter 4|4 pages

Holding onto ethics

Professionalism at the heart of practice

chapter 5|4 pages

Employee ownership - a model for practice

A journey towards shared professional values

chapter 6|4 pages

Augmentation or elimination

Potentials and pitfalls of big data in the second machine age

chapter 7|4 pages

Architects and responsibility

Education and the profession must re-engage

chapter 8|4 pages

Shaping the city on a mega scale

The architect’s responsibility to influence the design and construction of major infrastructure projects

chapter 9|4 pages

Making money, professionally

Why do you go to work each day? Be honest with yourself…

chapter 10|3 pages

On the journey of promoting professionalism

The positive influence of dyslexia

chapter 11|4 pages

Small is powerful

Small practices face challenges, but can be nimble, creative and professional

chapter 12|4 pages

Leading, managing and mentoring

Unlocking the potential within the profession and sharing it

chapter 13|4 pages

Professional liability claims

Architects need more than passion and excellence for commercial viability

chapter 14|4 pages

Embedding the PhD

Using high-level investigation to boost interaction between practice and schools of architecture

chapter 15|4 pages

The impacts of procurement on outcome

The critical need for a restoration of the on-site role of professionals in protecting the quality and safety of construction

chapter 16|4 pages

The pursuit of quality

How architects must reclaim their place at the heart of the building process

chapter 17|4 pages

The new architectural ‘profession’

A new education and a new horizon

chapter 18|4 pages

Redefining the profession

Working together to build a shared body of knowledge

chapter 19|4 pages

What are architects for?

Design technology and the future of professionalism

chapter 20|4 pages

Practising on the wild west coast

How an entrepreneurial mind-set offers shelter in an extreme environment

chapter 21|4 pages

Joy then disaster

A convergence of tragedies

chapter 22|4 pages


Thoughts on emerging into a world of professionalism

chapter 23|4 pages

Professional behaviours

Being a professional, being professional

chapter 24|4 pages


Why we must address compartmentalisation and a deficit in overall leadership and accountability

chapter 25|4 pages

Architects as public-health professionals

Community-centred design as a form of practice

chapter 26|4 pages

Breaking good

A note on the ethics and professionalism in the work of Charles and Ray Eames

chapter 27|4 pages

Professional diversity and specialism

New education structures at the Bartlett, UCL

chapter 28|4 pages

The apprentice professional

Why do we need apprentices in architecture and what difference will it make?

chapter 29|4 pages

Once an architect, always an architect…

Professionalism – consistency across role diversity

chapter 30|4 pages

Time for diversity

Architectural education needs to get real

chapter 31|4 pages

The business of architecture

and making it work…

chapter 32|4 pages

Professional identities

Creating professionalism for an uncertain future

chapter 33|4 pages

The value of sustainable design to the profession

Design validation and collaboration to create relevant architecture

chapter 34|4 pages

Embedding professionalism in architectural education

Inquiry, reflection and judgment throughout professional development

chapter 35|4 pages

Mentoring the future profession

Supporting the transition from student to professional

chapter 36|3 pages

Accelerated change

The future for architects entering the profession

chapter 37|4 pages


Professionalism beyond borders

chapter 38|4 pages

Architecture is in breach of the social contract

Are architects sufficiently engaged in serving society to justify our exclusive right to this knowledge?

chapter 39|4 pages

Marketing and architects

Bringing a meaningful dimension to business and marketing in architecture

chapter 40|4 pages

Architecturing our future

New capabilities, tools, processes and ethical positions

chapter 41|4 pages

Professionalism and automation

How architects can add value in an increasingly automated world

chapter 42|4 pages

Civic architecture

Ethical professionalism and practical wisdom

chapter 43|4 pages

Developing a professional business

Be creative, build strong relationships, inspire social change and invest in the next generation

chapter 44|3 pages

Prudent practice

Professionalism and risk management

chapter 45|4 pages

Why engaging with procurement is fundamental

Unlocking capacity and talent to deliver better quality and sustainability

chapter 46|4 pages

From idea to realisation

The process of collaboration and cooperation

chapter 47|4 pages

Can we afford not to collaborate?

Towards a new professionalism

chapter 48|4 pages

Theory and profession

The need for frameworks connecting the profession, academia and society

chapter 49|4 pages

Encouraging the profession

Embedding professional behaviours within graduates

chapter 50|4 pages

Clients want professionalism

Findings from research by the RIBA’s Client Liaison Group

chapter 51|4 pages

Becoming professional

The significance of architecture education for students and early-career professionals

chapter 52|4 pages

Why ‘professional’ ethics?

A strong awareness of consequences with commitment to evidence, honesty, learning and sharing

chapter 53|4 pages

Artificial intelligence and professionalism

Potential impact and adaptation to current and future challenges

chapter 54|4 pages

Three pillars of professionalism

Knowledge, ethics and professional judgment

chapter 55|4 pages

Preparation for practice

Equipping students for life beyond graduation

chapter 56|4 pages

A manifesto for academia with practice

New models of teaching practice at the London School of Architecture

chapter 57|4 pages

Architecture’s ethical function

In defence of the architect’s profession

chapter 58|4 pages

Building performance evaluation

How determining actual project performance articulates our value

chapter 59|4 pages

Professionalism across boundaries

Achieving success in multidisciplinary teams

chapter 60|4 pages

Architecture live projects

Learning that delivers professionalism

chapter 61|4 pages

Linger longer

Effective and flexible early user consultation and strategic briefing

chapter 62|5 pages

Professional practice revisited

A personal perspective

chapter 63|4 pages

Status and statutes

Defining professionalism in the context of architectural regulation