Foresight Report

Get insights and tools to help you navigate the future of the design profession and industry

Foresight Report 2017

Navigate the future

Uncertain about the future? Looking for the latest trends that are transforming the design and construction industry? Need to know about disruptive technologies?

AIA has created tools to provide you with intelligence that can help you evaluate trends, prepare for potential changes, and learn from experts. The newest Foresight Report (2017) is an environmental scan that uses today’s context to launch a look at the future, and the complementary member-only tools expand the report’s usability.

Comprehensive coverage of top trends

The Foresight Report draws useful and applicable knowledge from a scan of the industry, including insights from leading economists, practitioners, and thought leaders from other fields. It is the single source that helps give architects—and other industry professionals—useful knowledge to help evaluate their trajectories, experiment with change, and determine their own best path forward to grow, innovate, and flourish within the new business norms.

The report includes insights on:

  • operating environment
  • business of architecture: firm strategies and market conditions
  • hindsight: strategies firms used to thrive during the recession that transformed their businesses
  • professional practice

Embrace foresight into planning

Two new tools for AIA members make the Foresight Report actionable to your firm. A presentation version of the report pulls out key data points with context that you can use in your presentations and to share with colleagues, clients, and others. And the Foresight workbook helps firms and organizations embed foresight into their strategic planning work.


The Foresight Report (AIA member login required)

Related resources

  • AIA Foresight Report PowerPoint
  • AIA Foresight strategic planning workbook

Related resources (AIA member login required)


If you are not an AIA member, you may purchase the report from the AIA Store.


AIA Foresight Report Panel Update

Panel discussion of future results from trends highlighted in the AIA Foresight Report: The Changing Context, Business, and Practice of Architecture 2014.


Foresight Report 2017

This report is an invaluable aid that can help iyour firm's strategic planning and decision making.

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Foresight Report 2017

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