The Architects Practice has worked extensively with a range of organisations, including the UK Foresight programme, the RIBA, CABE, Building Futures and the Edge, on futures thinking and scenario development

Simon Foxell is co-ordinator of the Edge and has been instrumental in the production of the following publications:
Collaboration for Change: The Edge Commission on the Future of Professionalism

In 2014 the Edge invited Paul Morrell to chair a Commission of Inquiry into the future of professionalism in the built environment/construction industry. The Edge is very proud to launch the resulting report, which explores the key issues facing professionals and their institutions at this ‘moment for change’ and hopes you will join us to discuss this critical issue for the industry and its professional institutions.


Edge Futures (2008)

A series of five books, ‘Edge Futures’ edited by Simon Foxell and published by the built environment think-tank and ginger group, The Edge, in conjunction with Black Dog Publishing.

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Simon Foxell was Vice-chair of Building Futures from 2002 to 2005

The Professionals’ Choice: The future of the built environment professions (2003)
A study commissioned from Simon Foxell by Building Futures, a joint initiative between CABE and RIBA. it presents glimpses of the potential terrain ahead for the built environment professions, and fuels the current debate on policy, education and on how the professions might respond to better position themselves for the future.

The study posed five scenarios, each conceived by a different author. The twin issues of improving risk management and enriching cultural expression wind their way through all five, raising profound questions at every turn.

The report concludes that the threats of managerialism, such as standardisation of work, difficulty of recruitment, the pressure to return quick profits and soulless tick boxes, are all likely to increase. To avoid succumbing to such threats, the report’s authors urge the building professions to get the public on their side.


There have been several reports that have followed up on the findings of ‘The Professionals’ Choice’, including the
RIBA Constructive Change study (2005) and Building Futures’ ’The Future for Architects?’ (2010)

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Riding the Rapids: urban life in an age of uncertainty (2004)
What is driving change in British cities? How can we begin to understand and respond to complex and overlapping drivers of change? Are our current operating systems and infrastructure prepared for the challenges that lie ahead?

Building Futures commissioned Charles Landry of Comedia to explore the dynamics of change that will have a significant impact on British cities over the next 20 years. The resulting publication, Riding the rapids: urban life in an age of complexity, reviews a number of themes which are seen to be shaping our future urban environment and sets a robust conceptual framework in order to facilitate an understanding of the nature of unfolding change in cities.


Practice Futures: Risk, Entrepreneurialism and the Professional Institute (2010)
Essays by Stephen Hill, Ian Brinkley, Indy Johar, Simon Foxell,
A continuing Building Futures project that follows up on The Professionals’ Choice

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Details and download from Building Futures