10 U.K. Designers on How Brexit Will Affect Business

Originally published on Architecturaldigest.com

AD PRO calls on architects and designers to speculate on the future of their practices in the face of political upheaval.

Thirty-one months since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union and just nine weeks until the decision is due to take effect, nothing is certain. Members of the British parliament overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal with the European Union last week and the possible next steps range from a “No Deal” scenario—and likely social and economic chaos—to another referendum in attempt to undo the “Leave” decision of 2016.

Industries across the British economy are concerned and frustrated, with little sense of how post-Brexit Britain may look. Architects and designers, used to working fluidly and regularly with materials, individuals, and organizations from across the EU, are no exception.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) issued advice to firms for dealing with a No Deal Brexit in November 2018, while an open letter authored by Piers Taylor of Invisible Studio, cosigned by Norman Foster, David Chipperfield, and Richard Rogers, among more than 1,000 other architects, designers, and educators, was sent to the Prime Minister in October expressing their belief that “there is no good Brexit.” Last week, Chipperfield and Foster were among signees of a second open letter issued by the U.K.’s Creative Industries Federation, which called for a new vote with the option to remain in the EU…

Originally published on Architecturaldigest.com

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