AHMM’s Partnerships work builds upon the practice’s thirty years of charitable giving and philanthropic support, as well as its active role in educating and developing the next generation of architects. Our Founders’ Statement says: ‘More than thirty years of collaboration has reinforced our belief, as founders of a business, in engaging with and contributing to the wider world by sharing our skills and donating our resources in those areas that have the most impact’. Over three years we have donated £530,000 to charity.
With the transfer to an Employee Ownership Trust, all AHMM staff have a chance to contribute to our Partnerships work and we have an active Partnerships Group drawn from across the practice supporting this. The group organises volunteering opportunities; gives match donations; supports office-wide fundraising and collections; and builds partnerships to collaborate in the longer term. The focus for our Partnerships work is in five areas: community, education, humanitarian, climate crisis, and support for our sector.
AHMM continues to support our sector through sponsorship and memberships; donations to architecture-related charities; support for schools of architecture and one-off collaborations with sector partners. As well as philanthropic support and investment in the future of our profession, we support emerging critical debate and innovative thinking around architecture and the wider culture.
We donate to, and volunteer with, charities supporting our local communities in London, Bristol and Oklahoma City. We also use our design skills to add community benefit and social value to our projects. In London, the office is located within a deprived neighbourhood in Islington and our ongoing partnership with St Luke’s Community Centre gives us opportunities to help people living close by.
We provide support to refugee communities and donate at speed to humanitarian emergencies. As well as financial support where possible we our humanitarian engagements aim to be skills exchanges such as our ongoing support for Migrateful, a cookery and language initiative where refugees teach their traditional cuisines. We regularly host cookery classes in the office and support their longer term development by funding food hygiene training and cookery equipment sets for the chefs.
Our education mentors contribute to learning projects, aiming to ensure that the future architecture profession represents all parts of our culture and we also support formal and informal learning programmes promoting understanding of how architecture informs the world around us. We work with all ages from toddlers to older people, often using our buildings as resources for groups to explore with us. As well as organising our own educational activities, our education mentors participate in external programmes. In 2018/19 we estimated that 124 education mentors contributed 645 volunteering hours to learning programmes.
AHMM has joined fellow Stirling Prize winning practices calling for architects and the wider construction industry to take collective action to address the climate and biodiversity emergency. We support ways to engage the staff team with international and local charities addressing the climate crisis.
We give match donations to our staff team towards their fundraising for sporting and other personal and group endeavours; we also match office-wide fundraising.
We support staff volunteering including: education mentoring and volunteering sessions with the local community. In 2018/19 the AHMM staff team undertook a total of 2,325 volunteering hours.