The RIBA is set to develop a key performance indicator for design and develop benchmarks to measure architects’ performance.

The move was announced at last week’s RIBA council meeting, where the association’s practice committee proposed ideas to bring the profession in line with the rest of the construction industry in implementing Sir John Egan’s Rethinking Construction manifesto.

Architects fear that current Egan thinking focuses too much on the process, rather than the quality of the product, according to the committee. “We need to urgently develop KPIs for the product,” the committee concluded.

Architects are worried that the Egan report undermines the value of design, by placing most of the responsibility for more efficient delivery with contractors.