Second survey of COVID-19 effects on architecture practices launched

The Association of Consulting Architects (ACA) has launched a second “pulse check” survey of Australian architecture practices, as part of an ongoing project to gauge the state of the industry as the economic bite of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to deepen.

The first installment of the survey, launched on 15 March, drew responses from 1,341 practices and identified that most expected delayed or cancelled work as a consequence of the outbreak. The survey also asked questions about how advanced plans are for responding to the outbreak, how easily work can be undertaken at home, and how the crisis will effect contracts.

Find more on the preliminary results from the first survey here.

In a message to ACA members, national president John Held said, “ 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. 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.”

The second survey seek to gauge how working from home is impacting practices and the mental wellbeing of staff, impacts of the crisis on productivity and employment, as well as the effects of the federal government wage subsidy.

Both the ACA and the Australian Institue of Architects have begun posting resources relating to the COVID-19 outbreak. The ACA resources relating to employment can be found here, while the Institute is updating its HR Hub portal for members.

Founded in 1987, the ACA represents the interests of architectural employers in industrial matters. It maintains branches in all states and territories.

The survey closes on 31 March. Access it here.

If you would like to share how your practice is managing during this time, please contact us at aau@archmedia.com.au.

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