Contributing to society through charitable donation is fundamental to the practice. When RSHP was set up, the beneficial ownership of the group was given to a charity which is now called the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Charitable Foundation (Company registration number 02548804 and charity number 1000796).
Every year that the group is profitable, under the rules our constitution, RSHP allocates 20% of pre-distribution profit to the charity. The amount is then available to be distributed to charities and other good causes.
To foster a culture of charitable giving within the group, each partner and qualifying member of staff is allocated a portion of this amount which they are then able to donate to a charity or good cause close to their hearts.
We support a multitude of charities, including DEC, (Disasters Emergency Committee), Médecins Sans Frontières, Shelter, Trees for Cities and the Architects’ Benevolent Society, which provides financial assistance, pastoral care and advice to the architectural profession.
Since our charity began operation in 1993, we have distributed £20.2million to more than 2000 registered charities.
All group staff are also encouraged to participate in other charitable activities and fundraising, and in recent years they have raised money in a wide variety of ways, including participating in the VeloVeni and MacVelo charity cycle rides which have raised money for Alzheimer’s Research and Cancer Research UK; organising in house bake-offs for Macmillan Cancer Support; participating in charity cycle rides to MIPIM in Cannes and running the London Marathon for various charities.
A strong commitment to education is one of our core values and RSHP was one of the founding partners of the London School of Architecture (LSA) which was established to offer an alternative route into the profession.
RSHP supports the work of Open City and its Accelerate programme which assists disadvantaged young people in gaining entry to The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), Central Saint Martins, UAL and Kingston University.
The practice has also created bursaries at the University of Bath, the University of Nottingham, The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), The University of Edinburgh, The University of Sheffield, the University of Newcastle and Oxford Brookes University to try and help broaden the range of people joining the profession.
Staff members are ‘Architecture Ambassadors’ for the RIBA National Schools Programme which seeks to provide future generations with the knowledge and experience of architecture and the built environment.
They also run architectural drawing workshops for children and young people, as well as welcoming local schools into the studio for architect-led tours.
Our modelmakers work with the Sorrell Foundation, hosting masterclasses for its National Art & Design Saturday Club.
“The practice has a unique ethos. RSHP’s culture of social engagement and charitable giving is one that I am proud to support, and deeply committed to, both personally and professionally.”
Stephen Barrett, RSHP Partner, Charity Trustee
“I champion charity awareness throughout the office, represent RSHP employees on the board of trustees and facilitate the nomination and distribution of the charitable allocation.”
Kelly Darlington, Modelshop Manager, Charity Trustee