Hitting home: A sharp fall in residential building construction is set to reduce current year revenue

IBISWorld’s Architectural Services market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2013 - 2018
Annual Growth
2018 - 2023

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Boutique architecture firms have increasingly been acquired by larger integrated firms
  • Rising environmental awareness has provided new opportunities for architects to diversify services
  • Demand from the non-residential construction market is forecast to grow over the next five years

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Architectural Services industry has performed moderately over the past five years. Although a rise in demand from residential and non-residential building construction, along with largely positive business confidence has supported industry revenue, this has been constrained by rising competition. Overall, industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualised 1.1% over the five years through 2017-18, to reach $5.8 billion. However, industry revenue is expected to fall by 1.1% in 2017-18 due to a strong decline in multi-unit apartment and townhouse construction, which is expected to reduce industry demand...

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    Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The Architectural Services industry has moderate barriers to entry, and this has remained steady over the past five years. In Australia, there is a legal requirement for architects to be registered with the Architects’ Board in the respective state or territory of practice. This accounts for the main barrier to entry. Successful registration usually requires a tertiary qualification in architecture, the completion of practical experience and passing an architectural practice examination.

    Many architects within the industry are sole traders and operate their businesses from home or in a shared office. Due to the labour-intensive nature of the industry, establishing a practice often involves limited capital costs. Exp..

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    Additional Insights for the Architectural Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Architectural Services Industry are

  • Ability to communicate and negotiate effectively
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from commercial and industrial building construction and Dwelling commencements in the Architectural Services industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Architectural Services Industry?

    Industry firms provide architectural design and drafting services, landscape design services and town planning services. Operators in the industry also provide consultation on land zoning and building code regulations. Activities related to the management or organisation of construction projects as the prime contractor are excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
    Schematic design
    Design development
    Contract documentation
    Architectural drafting services
    Contract administration
    Other architectural and related services
    Industry Activities
    Architectural consultancy services (excluding construction management)
    Architectural design and drafting services
    Architectural landscaping services
    Town planning services

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from commercial and industrial building construction
  • Dwelling commencements
  • Business confidence index
  • Demand from institutional building construction

  • Current Performance
  • Downstream trends
  • Profit
  • Changing markets
  • Green buildings
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Building markets
  • Growing competition
  • New strategies
  • Table: Architectural Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Architectural Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • House Construction
  • Multi-Unit Apartment and Townhouse Construction
  • Road and Bridge Construction
  • Commercial and Industrial Building Construction
  • Institutional Building Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Engineering Consulting
  • Specialised Design Services
  • Surveying and Mapping Services

  • Products & Services
  • Contract documentation
  • Contract administration
  • Schematic design
  • Design development
  • Architectural drafting services
  • Other architectural and related services
  • Chart: Architectural Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Multi-unit residential building contractors
  • Commercial and industrial building contractors
  • Institutional building contractors
  • Single-unit housing building contractors
  • Other markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Architectural Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Architectural Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Architectural Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Architectural Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Architectural Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Computer-Aided Design (Cad)
  • The use of computer technology to aid architectural design and drafting services. This usually includes software tools that can create two-dimensional drawings or three-dimensional models.
  • Green Architecture
  • A specialised branch of architecture that aims to design buildings and structures that reduce negative environmental effects and is more resource efficient.
  • Landscape Architecture
  • A specialised branch of architecture that focuses on the design of external environments.
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