Stop using EU nationals as a Brexit “negotiating chip”, say Rogers and Chipperfield

Richard Rogers and David Chipperfield are among a group of eminent British architects who have demanded clarity on the status of EU nationals working in the UK following Brexit. In an open letter addressed to The Guardian newspaper, 20 leading British architects have called for the government to immediately address the future of EU nationals working the UK following the

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Paris announces seven skyscrapers to boost post-Brexit business

“Tired of the Fog? Try the frogs!” goes the marketing campaign attempting to lure post-Brexit business to Paris’ La Défense district, where seven new skyscrapers are being built in anticipation of an influx of British workers. The family of skyscrapers – designed by architects including Jean Nouvel and Norman Foster – was announced by French presidential candidate Emmanuel

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“We can’t shut our doors to talent and expect the world to open its markets to us” says RIBA president

The success of British architecture is built on access to overseas talent, so the government must ensure the UK remains an attractive place to work post Brexit, according to RIBA president Jane Duncan. Duncan called for the UK government to “address the structural challenges that threaten the UK’s attractiveness as a place to live, work and invest”

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Overseas architects “frantically trying to apply for UK citizenship” as Brexit looms

Almost half of all architects working in London come from overseas, according to a survey of practices conducted for Dezeen. The figures highlight the extent to which the architecture sector in the capital relies on foreign workers, with practices expressing fears over the implications of the Brexit vote on overseas staff. “We rely heavily on

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UK architects will still be able to pitch for public work in Europe after Brexit, RIBA says

Brexit will have “no impact” on the ability of UK architects and designers to pitch for public-sector commissions in Europe, according to the Royal Institute of British Architects. UK firms had expressed concern that the UK’s vote to leave the European Union would prevent them from tendering for work advertised in the Official Journal of the

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Brexit could trigger skills crisis in architecture and construction says RIBA

Brexit: the Royal Institute of British Architects has written to the UK’s Brexit minister David Davis to warn that construction is facing a skills deficit. The RIBA has joined a coalition of construction industry bodies to send a message to the government outlining six key priorities it must address to avoid a construction industry crisis when it leaves More

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Marc Newson joins rapidly growing number of supporters for Dezeen’s Brexit Design Manifesto

Brexit Design Manifesto: designer Marc Newson and architect Patrik Schumacher are among the leading industry figures to have added their names to the Brexit Design Manifesto since its launch yesterday. Almost 150 architects, designers, industry figures and students have now signed the manifesto, which outlines the importance of the sector and how it can help the More

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Conran, Rogers and Heatherwick back Dezeen’s Brexit Design Manifesto

Brexit Design Manifesto: more than 100 of the UK’s leading design figures have backed a manifesto that calls on the government to support the design sector after Brexit. Launching today, the Brexit Design Manifesto outlines the cultural and economic importance of the UK’s design sector and how it can help the UK thrive when the More

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UK architects predict crash in workload in face of Brexit uncertainty

Brexit crisis: architects have reported concerns over the future of their businesses in the first major survey of confidence levels since the EU referendum. The first Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) Future Trends survey since the referendum found crashing confidence levels among large and small architecture firms for the first time since 2012 – More

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Creative industries must present a united front to make best of Brexit says John Sorrell

Creatives must “get their act together and speak with a united voice” to protect the future of the sector post-Brexit, according to London Design Festival and Creative Industries Federation founder John Sorrell. Sorrell said that architects, designers and other creatives needed to be “intensely practical” and clear on the issues that need to be fought More

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“We could imagine nationhood as a design project”

Opinion: in the aftermath of the EU referendum, Britain has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to redesign itself as a coherent, relevant and functioning nation for the 21st century, says Sam Jacob. You know that feeling when you break something? When that thing, which you didn’t even need to think about when it ran smoothly, is now in pieces? Well, that was More

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More architects hit by Brexit slowdown as construction heads for recession

Brexit crisis: housing architect O’Mahony Pike has revealed it is shutting its London office while Grimshaw is letting go of staff, as projects dry up thanks to the uncertainty caused by Brexit. London-based Grimshaw, one of the UK’s most respected firms, is shedding staff after a number of projects were delayed due to the results More

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RIBA calls for national investment and freedom of movement to help architects tackle Brexit

Brexit crisis: the Royal Institute of British Architects has drawn up a list of demands from the UK government, including freedom of movement and national investment, to help architects deliver economic growth when the country leaves the European Union. In a report released today, entitled RIBA Brexit Policy Briefing, the organisation has called for a series of conditions to be implemented to protect More

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Designers and architects describe “shock” in their offices after Brexit vote

Brexit design summit: how has the EU referendum affected the UK’s architects and designers and what will Brexit mean for the sector? Dezeen convened a summit of leading practitioners, retailers, writers and lawyers to discuss the implications and explore what action can be taken. On Wednesday last week, one month after the UK went to the polls More

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UK needs infrastructure spending to succeed after Brexit, says Sadie Morgan

Brexit crisis: architect and government adviser Sadie Morgan has called on the UK government to stick to its infrastructure investment plans as it prepares to leave the European Union. Her call comes amid fears that costly spending on railways, roads and airports could be axed as a result of the EU referendum vote. “We need to More

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Brexit crisis leads to job losses and project uncertainty for UK architects

Brexit crisis: British architecture firms Make and Sheppard Robson are laying off staff, as Brexit starts to impact on the construction industry. Both offices revealed they have made job losses since the result of the EU referendum was announced, in response to project uncertainty. BDP – one of the UK’s largest firms – has also frozen recruitment. Ken Shuttleworth, More

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Brexit will not damage the creative industries, says UK culture secretary

Brexit crisis: creative businesses in the UK will “continue to thrive” after Brexit, according to the secretary of state for culture. The Brexit vote to leave the EU will not affect the sector, which is growing three times faster than the rest of the economy according to latest figures, the minister said. “The Creative Industries are More

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“Europe has been for the lucky few in the UK”

Opinion: Richard Rogers’ vision for a more European form of British architecture promised to create modern and prosperous urban environments. But this “new Europe” failed to reach the suburban council estates and cul-de-sacs that backed Brexit, says Owen Hatherley. A couple of days after the result of the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, I visited Southampton, More

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Architects and designers share Brexit anger with protest Instagrams

Brexit crisis: British architects and designers were among tens of thousands of people to protest against a UK exit from the European Union in London on Saturday. Organisers put the number of attendees at the demonstration at 50,000, while the Metropolitan Police’s estimated it was closer to 30,000. A video posted by Edmund Sumner (@edmundsumner) More

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Creative Industries Federation plans urgent Brexit crisis events

Brexit crisis: the Creative Industries Federation is organising a series of emergency sessions to prepare the UK’s design sector for Brexit, saying “if it is going to happen, we need to mitigate the consequences”. Creative Industries Federation (CIF) chief executive John Kampfner told Dezeen that the body wanted to help creative businesses come to terms with More

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Trademark protection will cost more after Brexit says intellectual property lawyer

Brexit crisis: UK design firms will likely pay more to protect their designs and miss out on new EU-wide patents if the country leaves the European Union, according to a leading intellectual property law firm. European Union design and trademark rights “would almost certainly cease to be effective in the UK” if the country left the EU, according to More

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What Design Can Do to examine design’s role in Europe’s “identity crisis”

Dezeen promotion: this year’s What Design Can Do conference will focus on European identity and how the continent can learn from new initiatives emerging in Africa (+ slideshow). Taking place in Amsterdam from 30 June to 1 July, the annual design conference will this year coincide with the end of the Dutch presidency of the More

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Design firms should “relocate their operations to the EU” if Brexit talks fail, says lawyer

EU referendum: creative businesses in the UK should consider relocating to the EU in the wake of Brexit, according to a lawyer who advises design and fashion companies. Moving would allow these businesses to get round trade barriers that could be erected if the UK fails to negotiate access to the single market, said Annabelle Gauberti, partner at law More

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Designers should demand new policies to “make the best” of Brexit, says Rohan Silva

EU referendum: architects and designers in the UK should stop complaining about the outcome of the EU referendum and instead start fighting for better post-Brexit policies for their industry, according to a former senior policy adviser to the government. Last week’s vote to take the UK out of the European Union could prove to be a boost More

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UK architects and designers react to “nightmare” result of EU referendum

The UK’s architects and designers have been left reeling by the results of yesterday’s referendum, in which the country voted by a significant majority to leave the European Union. The result, which came through overnight, was split 52 per cent in favour of leave, and 48 per cent remain. Architects and designers including Richard Rogers, More

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“We love EU” declare UK architects and designers ahead of referendum

Leading UK architects and designers will vote overwhelmingly to remain in tomorrow’s EU referendum, according to a straw poll conducted by Dezeen, with figures including David Chipperfield and Ron Arad explaining how they will vote and why.  Every designer and architect that spoke to Dezeen said they would vote to remain in the EU. London firm Studio Egret West has More

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Steven McCloy presents a futuristic vision for the European Union ahead of the UK referendum

Architecture student Steven McCloy has reimagined the European Union as a nomadic organisation that moves to a new city every five years. The conceptual project, entitled European Union: The Gardens of Fantastica, imagines the EU as a moving institution, able to transform the economy and infrastructure of every city it visits. It aims to remove the stigma around the idea of More

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UK creatives reject Brexit, according to poll

A survey of the UK’s Creative Industries Federation members has shown that 96 per cent are in favour of remaining in the European Union. Only four per cent of the membership organisation sided with the leave campaign, which would see a British exit – also known as Brexit – from the EU following the referendum More

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Heatherwick, Chipperfield and Adjaye among high-profile architects and designers opposing Brexit

David Chipperfield, Ron Arad, Richard Rogers, David Adjaye and Thomas Heatherwick are among the architects and designers that have signed a letter backing the Remain campaign for the UK’s EU referendum. The letter says that Britain’s “global creative success would be severely weakened” if it was to leave the EU. David Chipperfield, Amanda Levete, Richard Rogers and David Adjaye are More

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