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Mainstreaming Co-OperationAn Alternative for the Twenty-First Century?$
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Anthony Webster, Linda Shaw, Rachael Vorberg-Rugh, and Rachael Vorberg-Rugh

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099595

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099595.001.0001

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The re-emergence of the co-operative model for architects

The re-emergence of the co-operative model for architects

(p.183) 11 The re-emergence of the co-operative model for architects
Mainstreaming Co-Operation

Stephen McCusker

Manchester University Press

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.

Keywords:   Co-operative movement (UK), Architectural practice, Construction industry, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Loop Systems, Organisational forms, Employee ownership, Collectives, Recession, 2008 financial crisis

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