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The re-emergence of the co-operative model for architects
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This chapter explores the development of co-operatives, collectives, and employee owned enterprises that provide architectural services in Britain, and the growth of such architectural practices, particularly in periods of economic recession since the 1980s. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, new architectural co-operatives developed as architects sought to share resources and combat high levels of unemployment and underemployment in the profession. Architects surveyed noted the better work-life balance and flexibility of co-operative practices, and cited the importance of collaboration, transparency, and a sense of shared purpose among the advantages. The author offers insights from his own experience of creating and working in a co-operative architectural practice.

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