Contributing to society through charitable donation is fundamental to the practice. When Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners was set up, the beneficial ownership of the group was given to a charity company 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.
In the past 6 years, over £3 million has been given to the charity.
Other charitable activities
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:
• abseiling down The Leadenhall Building for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.
• participating in the VeloVeni and MacVelo charity cycle rides which have raised money for Alzheimer’s Research and Cancer Research UK
• participating in charity cycle rides to MIPIM in Cannes
• running the London Marathon for various charities
• walking through the night as part of the Maggie’s Centre Culture Crawl
• competing against other practices in triathlons
• organising in house bake-offs for the MacMillan Trust
• responding to national and international disasters as they arise
The practice also donates money to the Architects’ Benevolent Society which provides financial assistance, pastoral care and advice.
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 and other university architecture programmes.
The practice has also created several bursaries around the country 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.
Our architects and modelmakers work with the Sorrell Foundation, hosting masterclasses for its National Art&Design Saturday Club.
They also run architectural drawing workshops for children at the V&A during the summer, as well as welcoming local schools into the studio for architect-led tours.