Social responsibility is extremely important to our practice. We support and actively encourage our staff to engage in a range of activities outside their project work that benefit the construction industry and the wider community.
Many of our staff our active members of local amenity groups and awards panellists, and we are proud to give staff time to participate in voluntary work to assist other industry organisations and a range of charitable endeavours. We are a proud partner supporter of Architectural Review’s Women in Architecture campaign which aims to promote the valuable contribution women make towards architecture. The success of our practice is attributable to our talented and dedicated staff irrespective of gender, and we are keen to see more women join and succeed in the profession. We currently have 12 members of staff both male and female actively involved as mentors and mentees in the programme.
We play an active role in the FLUID Diversity Mentoring Programme, an innovative scheme developed by RIBA’s equality and diversity forum, Architects for Change (AfC) and the Construction Industry Council (CIC), to address the retention and development of talented practitioners from diverse backgrounds for management and leadership roles in the built environment. Dieter Bentley-Gockmann, director of EPR Architects and member of the AfC often works with RIBA President Jane Duncan and the Architects Journal on their ongoing campaign to raise awareness of and improve attitudes towards LGBT architects. EPR Architects are corporate members of New London Architecture (NLA) which is a focus for the debate and discussion of issues facing architecture, planning, development and construction in the capital; our staff are encouraged to attend the programme of conferences, talks, events and exhibitions which are organised throughout the year. We have contributed to the discussion panels on subjects such as electric vehicle charging stations and the potential future of office environments.