Survey highlights developing world’s architect shortage

Buildings in East Legon, Accra

Commonwealth figures prompt particular concern for rapidly urbanising nations

A shortage of architects and a lack of recognition for the profession could have dire consequences for some of the world’s poorest but most rapidly developing nations, according to a new report.

The Commonwealth Association of Architects asked professional bodies across the 53-nation grouping of former British Empire states to give a breakdown of the headcount of building-design professionals and compared the figures with population and urbanisation rates.

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