Collaboration for Change: The Edge Commission Report on the Future of Professionalism

cfc_logoIn 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 in the discussion on this critical issue for the industry and its professional institutions.


The recommendations in the report highlight that change is almost impossible without industry-wide collaboration, cooperation and consensus and the professions and other key institutions can lead the way in ensuring that this collaboration is in the public interest.” - Chris Blythe, Chief Executive CIOB

The title of the Edge Commission’s Report:  “Collaboration for Change” neatly encapsulates the challenge facing professions today. If professions are to remain relevant in an ever more interconnected and technologically advanced world, they will need to work together more closely.” - Sean Tompkins CEO RICS

CIBSE welcomes the Morrell Report and thanks not only the EDGE but also the many contributors to this important Report.  Relevance is an important issue for all the professional bodies and especially in the Construction Sector where old practices are being swept away and engineering in the built environment faces significant challenges.  While we are all products of the past we must face the future with a real determination to embrace change.” - Stephen Matthews, Chief Executive CIBSE

The Edge Commission Report on the Future of Professionalism – Collaboration for Change - provides valuable expert insights at a time of significant evolution of the construction professions, driven by societal, technological, economic and demographic change.  The RIBA supports the general direction outlined in the Report.  Indeed we and other professional institutes are already actively engaged on many of the issues that it identifies and in that context we welcome its publication” - Harry Rich, Chief Executive RIBA


- The Edge Commission Report: Collaboration for Change, May 2015

Collaboration for Change: Summary sheet

Collaboration for Change: Press release

Supplementary material to the Commission Report

- Evidence summary: Session 1

- Evidence summary: Session 2

- Evidence summary: Session 3

- Evidence summary: Session 4

- Evidence sessions: Attendees

Links to Debate pages

Session 1: The Environment - Edge Debate 60

Session 2: The Economy - Edge Debate 61

Session 3: Society - Edge Debate 62

Session 4: Future Value - Edge Debate 63

Debate 46 - What does it mean to be a building professional in the 21st century? 15th september 2011

Debate 54– A New Professionalism? 20th February 2013

Press coverage:

- The Architects’ Journal, 19th May 2015 - New report urges collaboration from industry bodies for them to remain relevant, or here

Building, 15th May 2015 - Morrell: Ten years to save industry professions or building-150515

Infrastructure Intelligence, 11th May 2015 - Morrell’s Edge Commission to set out view on future of professionalism

RIBA Journal, 7th May 2015 - We will if you will

RIBA Journal, 19th August 2014A united front to tackle the future

Further reading:

Suggested reading on Professionalism in support of the work of the Commission

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