In this article, Byron Kinnaird reflects on the early findings of the Wellbeing of Architects survey of practitioners completed in 2021. The results indicated that people who participated in the survey had a significantly lower than-average quality of life compared with Australian norms, with low personal wellbeing scores, elevated levels of psychological distress, and higher-than-average levels of burnout.
To further understand these results, the research team grouped the findings into four interconnected spheres of practice that the are impacting wellbeing in architecture: time management, financial management, the value of architectural services, and a need for leadership and representation. While the complexity of work-related wellbeing can’t be simplified to these factors alone – they provide some guidance in navigating the way toward improving wellbeing in architecture.
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