About the Survey

Why participate in this survey?

This survey aims to gather the views of the general public across Ireland. It consists of five sections, exploring different aspects of people’s homes and local area and their views on building and the built environment. We would like to establish the level of your participation in decisions on the built environment and we want to explore people’s knowledge of and experience with architects. The survey is designed to take just 20-30 minutes to complete. So why should you take the time to complete the survey?

The built environment is all around us and we each occupy and use it each day, whether we live in a large city or on an isolated farm – so the built environment is a fundamental part of our daily lives. There is a growing body of research which suggests that the built environment can have an effect on our physical and emotional health and well-being. It has been suggested that safe, well designed environments can encourage physical activity and sociability and that proper participation in decisions that are made about your local built environment are associated with more feelings of belonging and ownership. These findings might indicate that the built environment could be used as a more effective tool to make a healthier, happier society. In order to begin to examine this in an Irish context, it is important to explore current attitudes, views and opinions on architecture and the built environment in Ireland and this survey seeks to do that.

There is a recognised housing shortage in Ireland and the challenge of providing affordable, quality housing has been presented in the media as a national crisis. As work is done to address this crisis it has been suggested that Irish building regulations may be too restrictive, and what is needed is a system that will allow the sector to produce homes faster and more economically. However have these suggestions been based on the views of the general popuation in Ireland? There is a lack of concrete information about the preferences held by people about where they live and in what type of house they believe best suits their current and future needs. This survey seeks to gain specific insight into our attitudes to our houses and homes today in Ireland in an effort to contribute to the discussion on how we might best provide homes for people now and in the future.

This is an anonymous survey, which means no one can identify your answers. Our intention is to publish and make this new and useful data available to housing, design and built environment policy makers, giving them a real opportunity to include your attitudes, views and opinions public in their future work.

If you wish to get involved in the project and can think of ways of getting the survey completed by your community, then please get in touch, we would love to hear from you. You can complete the survey yourself here.

Would you Like to Participate?

Take the Survey.