Economic situation of architectural firms still stable

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Current economic survey of the BAK in cooperation with state chambers of architects

In January, the German Federal Chamber of Architects (BAK) conducted an economic survey among self-employed chamber members in cooperation with the chambers of architects of the federal states. The survey focused on the effects of the Ukraine war on the economic situation in architecture and planning offices.


Thus, 53 architectural firms consider the current business situation to be good. In contrast, only 14 offices are in a poor situation. 40 offices are currently working to capacity or even over capacity (33%) with more work than capacity. 27%, on the other hand, have spare capacity.

"A large proportion of offices are showing resilience to the crisis. This is good news, because without the expertise of architects, interior designers, landscape architects and urban planners, the climate-friendly transformation of our cities, communities and landscapes for more sustainability and building culture will not succeed," emphasizes Andrea Gebhard, President of the Federal Chamber of Architects. "What is quite decisive now is how the construction industry develops over the next six months."

The development of the order backlog and the trend expected for the coming months are cause for concern. Despite good to very good capacity utilization, around 40 he offices report a partly significant deterioration in the order situation in the last six months. Interior design firms in particular have had to struggle with this, while landscape architects can look back on an unchanged good economic situation.

Brief report and detailed results with evaluations by office size and disciplines

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