The Architectural Profession in Europe

The Architects' Council of Europe (ACE) wanted to gather information about all aspects of the architectural profession, and how it operates, in each European country.

In 2008 Mirza & Nacey Research, the parent company of The Fees Bureau, was selected to conduct the first ever pan-European study of the architectural profession. Our methodology was developed in response to a wide-ranging and challenging brief and to a tight budget.


The ACE wanted to know the answers to a very large number of questions; rather than rely on information provided by ACE Member Organisations - whose ability to provide this data varied enormously - our solution was to gather data directly from architects.


We developed a questionnaire and, using an on-line survey, conducted the research in 20 languages amongst architects in 27 different countries.

The results of the fifth survey gives detailed facts about the profession and the market. Survey data was analysed and presented for Europe as a whole as well as country-by-country.


Economic modelling was used to create market size estimates; opinion data and factual data was sought direct from architects.


Research findings were presented to the ACE's General Assembly in Brussels; our full report is available to all architects via the ACE website.

After successfully designing and completing the first survey in 2008, we were retained to repeat this survey every two years.

Fifth (2016) survey report published January 2017. We are currently working on the 2018 survey, due to be published January 2019.

Results: To see the results of the 2016 study please click here

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