The architecture profession in Australia is expecting better times ahead as commercial building activity picks up, though firms within the profession face a number of challenges as a result of growing competition and structural changes within the sector.

In a recent forecast, industry research firm IBIS said the average annualised rates of growth for the architectural services industry would increase from a paltry 0.5 per cent in the past five years to 2.2 per cent over the five years to 2019. The research firm also predicted employment levels…