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.
We are conscious that as a larger practice we have the opportunity to influence and a responsibility to lead the profession and wider industry. We do this by working in collaboration with other practices and industry associations in the pursuit of shared social value. We are proud to be supporters and contributors to many successful initiatives including Architects Journal’s RetroFirst campaign and signatories of the Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency declaration.
Mentoring is a huge part of our studio culture, which supports and encourages staff to enhance their quality of life with self-development. Now in the fourth year of our in-house programme, our aim is to improve awareness and identity; ultimately contributing to the realisation of professional aspirations.
We are also proud supporters of Architectural Review’s Women in Architecture campaign, the FLUID Diversity Mentoring programme and the RIBA’s ongoing movement to raise awareness of and improve attitudes towards LGBT architects. As part of these initiatives our staff are given a forum to share their experiences, participate in the mentoring programme and be part of the process that aims to improve equality across the industry.
Outside of work, we support and actively encourage our EPR team to engage in a range of activities beyond their project responsibilities. Many of our staff are active members of local amenity groups and act as expert assessors on judging panels. We are also proud to give staff time to participate in voluntary work to assist other industry organisations and a range of charitable endeavors including various fundraising events and our weekly volunteer work at the Passage; a homeless shelter in Victoria which provides resources to challenge homeless people to transform their lives.
EPR is a corporate member 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. The wider team are encouraged to attend the programme of conferences, talks, events and exhibitions; having previously contributed to discussion panels on subjects including electric vehicle charging stations and the potential future of office environments. We are also members of the NextGen initiative which identifies and supports young talent within the industry and champions the professional development of the built environment’s future leaders.
We also love to work with charities where possible. Our ongoing collaboration with the Royal Society for Blind Children has resulted in an innovative concept for a new landmark headquarters for the charity, along with an inclusive children's playhouse which was shortlisted in the AJ's House of Colour competition.
We endeavour to integrate art into our schemes, often inviting artists and local organisations to make their mark on these public spaces. Our collaboration with Kate Malone on American Express' HQ in Brighton involved a public art wall of decorative ceramic tiles created by the neighbouring school and the Deaf Association. We are currently working with a local primary school, developing proposals for an art-paved sensory garden designed to offer an inclusive outdoor space for quieter children.