Many Hawkins\Brown architects volunteer with primary and secondary schools, and we have a longstanding partnership with Queen Mary University’s Summer School and Wymondham High School in Norfolk, teaching young people about architecture. We are RIBA Architectural Ambassadors, partnered with various schools across London.
Many Hawkins\Brown architects teach and lecture on architecture at universities, including the Bartlett - University College London, University of Bath, Sheffield University, London Metropolitan University and Manchester School of Architecture. As an organisation we are working with the University of Sheffield to develop a more affordable architecture diploma course based in practice to try and make architecture a more inclusive and accessible profession for people from all backgrounds.
We believe in the significance of architecture as an agent of social change, and provide services on a pro-bono basis to charities including The Prince’s Trust, The East End Community Foundation and the Sussex Community Development Association.
We are partners of LandAid, a charity working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds within the UK, and regularly fundraise for charities including Article 25, which manages sustainable architecture projects in areas of extreme poverty and disaster, and Shelter, which helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness.
“RIBA and Hawkins Brown were very accommodating at linking in the project to the children current topic. The children learnt new life skills such as answering a brief, making models for their client and learning about architecture. All the architects involved had a wonderful rapport with the children, and as a result all 90 children were extremely excited when the architects visited the school on several occasions. They couldn’t wait to hear more ways to help improve their models further. The additional hands on help from the architects and useful tips when making their models was extremely beneficial for the children.”
Canan Ahmet, Year 5 Teacher at Rokesly Junior School