Architectural Services in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

Share Article

Divergent trends in downstream building markets have altered the demand conditions for industry services. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Architectural Services industry in Australia.

IBISWorld Market Research

IBISWorld Market Research

The industry faces growing competition from vertically integrated construction and engineering firms.

The Architectural Services industry has endured a tough five years, due to a prolonged downturn in the construction market. In recent years, demand has been subdued due to the winding back of educational building investment and weaker housing construction. Revenue is estimated to rise by an annualised 0.4% over the five years through 2013-14, corresponding with a slump in the value of total building construction.

The key building markets for architectural services have displayed divergent trends over the past five years. In the non-residential building market, the value of institutional building has benefited from the injection of federal funding for school refurbishment under the Building the Education Revolution (BER) program. In contrast, the value of commercial and industrial building is expected to fall because of slower economic growth and the global financial crisis. IBISWorld industry analyst Sebastian Chia states “architects have faced subdued conditions in the new housing market, with the value of construction remaining flat over the past five years.” Declining investment trends in the traditional single-unit housing market has offset growth in the townhouse and apartment design market. In 2013-14, the industry is forecast to generate revenue of $6.4 billion, rising 2.1% on the previous year. Rising housing investment is expected, in both the single and multi-unit sectors, due to record low interest rates and an expected recovery in economic growth. The industry has been facing growing competition from vertically integrated firms in the building construction and engineering consultancy industries over the past five years. According to Chia, “clients are growing towards more integrated service offerings, and architecture firms have to improve links with construction firms or even offer their own range of services to compete.” Despite growing competition, demand conditions are forecast to strengthen over the next five years due to improved investment in the commercial and housing building markets.

The Architectural Services industry has a low level of market share concentration. It has a fragmented structure with few large-scale national players, a larger number of state or regionally based firms (influenced by the requirement for individual state registration procedures), and many small-scale firms and sole practitioners operating in narrow regional markets. The industry’s major players are GHD Group, AECOM Australia and Hassell. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Architectural Services report in Australia industry page.

Follow IBISWorld on Twitter:!/ibisworldau.

IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

This industry includes establishments that mainly provide planning and design services of buildings and structures, or planning and designing land development. Industry activities may include design, construction procedures, zoning regulations, location and land use, building codes and building materials.

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
Industry Globalisation
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.

Recognised as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every Australian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Melbourne, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call (03) 9655 3886.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Gavin Smith
+61 396553838
Email >
Visit website