Our Partnerships work continued to engage with our communities – local, global and architectural – through donations, fundraising and volunteering throughout the year. As well as donating to education and climate crisis charities, we offered support to humanitarian emergency relief including to the International Red Cross, Islamic Relief and Medecins San Frontieres and also to charities and not for profits engaging young people from diverse backgrounds with the architecture profession and wider built environment.

The practice undertook collective fundraising activities to support our Charities of the Year Wiggly T in Bristol and Sufra NW in London. Over 2022/2023 we donated £213,359 to 139 good causes and out staff undertook 2,128 hours of volunteering.

UEL School of Architecture Broadgate Prize

As part of the practice’s role in the ongoing redevelopment of Broadgate, AHMM’s Tom Wells and Rochelle Dalphinis were judges for this year’s Broadgate Prize awarded to students at the University of East London School of Architecture and Interior Design. Responding to a brief to reimagine the two-storey Retail Arcade and design the Changing Places facilities, the shortlisted student groups presented at 3 Broadgate to a panel which also included representatives from Sir Robert McAlpine, British Land and UEL.

Entries were judged against four categories: Brief, Technical Understanding, Innovation and Sustainability. Winning teams were presented with a bursary and four students were selected to interview for a three-month summer placement at AHMM, with Cristian-Luca Serbu being awarded the position.

Street Goat

In April 11 volunteers from our Bristol office spent the day with Street Goat Project, an urban farming collective. The volunteers spent a rainy day mucking out sheds and clearing the barn, building and mending fences, and planting trees and brambles for the goats to enjoy as part of AHMM Partnerships work.

Street Goat’s mission is to develop a network of community projects in which local people collectively manage and care for livestock in urban areas, to produce milk, fiber and meat. Street Goat aims to increase access to sustainable and healthy animal food products reared locally on overgrown urban land, in turn helping to bring land back into production for horticultural use.

Open studio for Young people at AHMM

As part of London Festival of Architecture AHMM hosted an Open Studio in our London offices on Wednesday 14 June.

Sixty 15-19 year-olds from several schools and organisations across London took part in various activities throughout the afternoon, giving them a quick insight into an architectural practice and the profession. They met an architect, allowing them to have an informal chat about personal experience and routes into the profession, ask any questions and get some interview tips; participated in some roof top sketching; and battled it out with Lego, seeing who could build the tallest towers and strongest bridges.

Special performance from chickenshed at Hawley Wharf

Children and young people from the charity and inclusive theatre company, Chickenshed,  created a performance using movement, music and dance to explore the newly created public space in AHMM’s designed Hawley Wharf in Camden Market as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture. Utilising their own diverse, lived experience, they celebrated how the space is welcoming and accessible to all. Chickenshed have worked together with AHMM and LABS Group to create this special performance.

Refugee Week

AHMM took part in this years Refugee Week for the first time with a small exhibition of work by artists from the New Art Studio in the Morelands refectory in our London office. An element of the exhibition was also installed in our Bristol office.

A group of artists from New Art Studio also visited one of our on-site projects, Brain Yard, for a sketching workshop.

The New Art Studio is a unique therapeutic art studio for asylum seekers and refugees based at the Islington Arts Factory. AHMM’s Partnerships group has supported the studio for more than six years through workshops, knowledge sharing and donations.

Men's Shed

A group from St Luke’s Community Centre Men's Shed visited AHMM’s 1 Finsbury Avenue with Associate Tom Wells for a tour of the building.

Men's Shed at St Luke’s is a place for men aged 55 and over living in south Islington and the City of London to socialise and have fun. The Shed is a relaxing space for men to share interests, offering a programme of activities and trips out and about.

AHMM’s Partnerships group have been silver level corporate supporters of St Lukes for more than eight years through workshops, food bank donations and supporting their Job Club programme, providing one-to-one support to people in the local community who are searching for work.

AHMM Summer School

In August AHMM held our annual summer school at our London and Bristol offices.

Aimed at young people aged 16-18 years old, the Summer School is an important part of our Partnerships work to support the future architecture profession, and help to ensure it is diverse.

The topic of this year’s Summer school was ‘Feeding Cities’, with students considering underused spaces within dense urban environments, urban farming, addressing food poverty and creating ways to make space for urban food growth.

Over the week the students participated in workshops introducing them to new ways to observe and explore the space surrounding us, including architectural drawing, CDM, modelmaking, routes into architecture, site visits, sustainability, collaborative creativity, and daily mentoring.

 
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