Architecture Firms

R&D in Achitecture

Research and development (R&D) is essential in architecture. Work to incorporate new technology, develop new practices and advance understanding of how the design of buildings can better support occupants can all qualify as eligible activity.


Architects also frequently research and develop new approaches to materials, driven not only by a demand for greater efficiency, but also by the need to improve sustainability and consider their environmental impact.


Innovation is such a natural feature of the work of an architect that many do not realise they may be eligible for R&D tax credits. However, there are a huge number of activities that could qualify, as long as the architect or firm is creating an advancement that helps overcome uncertainty in a project or in the industry as a whole.


  • Research into new building materials
  • Developing new uses for traditional materials
  • Developing more energy-efficient approaches
  • Creating new software for design or modelling
  • Unique solutions for design restrictions
  • Designing and testing prototype materials
  • Developing environmentally friendly methods