- Article by Tili Bensley-Nettheim
For its second ‘pulse check’ survey, the Association of Consulting Architects (ACA) is seeking clarity on the impact of COVID-19 on practices and design studios so far.
In its first survey, conducted two weeks ago, the ACA sought to understand what challenges architecture and design practices were anticipating as the COVID-19 pandemic worked its way through the economy and industry. The preliminary findings revealed that more than half of responding practices had already experienced or expected cancelled projects. The challenges of remote work also surfaced as an area of concern.
In its Pulse Check Survey No. 2, the ACA seeks further clarity on whether these expectations have come to fruition, how practices are coping and what support is needed.
The survey will close at close of business on 31 March.
“A lot has changed over the last two weeks. Tracking the impacts of COVID-19 over time is essential to developing the most effective support,” says ACA national president John Held.
“The second ACA Pulse Check Survey will help build a clear understanding of the experiences of Australian architectural practices so far, and identify the assistance, information and advocacy needed.”
More than 1,300 practices responded to the first pulse check and the ACA hopes to match this response rate. The survey is open to large and small practices, regardless of whether they are ACA members or not.
The results will be available online and will inform the ACA’s ongoing industry advocacy, advice and resources.
The ACA is currently releasing a series of case studies in which practices share their strategies for working through COVID-19. Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick (TRCB), Fulton Trotter Architects and TheFulcrum.Agency have been featured so far.
Keep up with developments by following ADR‘s coverage of the coronavirus outbreak.
For more advice for practices dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak, check out the first edition of ADR’s Working from Home series with Alexander & CO. principal Jeremy Bull.
ADR has also has compiled 19 tips for architects and designers working from home.