As if we needed reminding, 2016 saw Donald Trump being voted in as President-Elect of the USA, the UK saying ‘non’ to the EU, and the sad departure of a galaxy of stars from Bowie to Cohen. It was also the year that news broke of Zaha Hadid’s untimely and unexpected passing.
It is against this dramatic backdrop that we ask: “How has the economic uncertainty generated by such seismic political events been affecting the architectural profession around the world in the last 12 months? And what does 2017 have in store?”
We turned to WAN’s Business Information team for some answers. (For the unfamiliar, the UK-based team of specialists uses its global reach and in-depth knowledge of the international architectural market to provide subscribers with up-to-the-minute development leads through its Tender Alerts service.)
The news from WAN Business Information is positive and encouraging. Head of the team, Katerina Hojgrova, WAN Business Information Manager, reveals: “In 2016 we published well over 11,500 architectural project leads, which is a 6.5% increase from 2015. Interestingly, we’ve also witnessed a growth of 42.5% in the number of architectural competitions compared to 2015.”