Contractors Declare launches
1 July 2020
Architects Declare statement on A New Deal for Britain
A green recovery is supported by the vast majority of the British population but today’s speech by the Prime Minister falls woefully short of what is required to stay within 1.5C of global heating. While we welcome investment that reduces inequality and improves health, it should be noted that even the president of the Automobile Association questions further road building now that millions of people have got used to home-working. It is reported that the Government proposes to spend £100 million on building roads - 10 times what is earmarked for rail – and this is clearly moving in the opposite direction. We support investment in public transport and renewable energy infrastructure and other measures to radically reduce our carbon emissions
The speech lacked specific commitments and made no clear reference to the £9.2bn Conservative manifesto pledge for renovating Britain’s draughty and unhealthy homes – this would create jobs, reduce fuel poverty, and help to meet legislated carbon targets. It is essential that this is given high priority. As leading construction professionals, we are ready and waiting to offer the practical expertise to deliver this and the necessary zero carbon buildings programme.
On the basis of this speech, the UK Government is failing to rise to the challenge of the climate emergency at the very time it should be showing global leadership in the build-up to the COP26 climate summit.
30 June 2020
Global AD meeting
Architects Declare held our second global meeting with representatives from 19 'declared' countries discussing what's working from us all, challenges faced and how we can best work together.
27 June 2020
Black Lives Matter
UK Architects Declare statement:
The climate emergency disproportionately affects those already facing social injustices, and yet these are often the communities whose voices are often not listened to. Anti-racism is essential as part of climate justice. UK Architects Declare advocates for climate justice, and will be working with its signatories and the international Construction Declares groups to ensure this is an integral part of our initiatives going forward. We will amplify, listen to and support those who are working for climate justice.
10 June 2020
New international declarations
Three new declarations have launched, bringing the number of countries involved with Architects Declare to 23. Finland, the US and the Czech Republic are now part of Construction Declares and will be a part of our ongoing strategy of how best to take action in relation to the Climate and Biodiversity Crisis.
3 June 2020
Architects Declare shortlisted for AJ100 awards
We have been shortlisted in two categories at the AJ100 Awards this year. Steve Tompkins and Michael Pawlyn are joint contenders for the Sustainability Champion of the Year for the establishment of Architects Declare, which is also nominated for Sustainability Initiative of the Year. Also on the shortlist for Champion is Clara Bagenal-George, another AD steering group member, for her achievements with LETI. The ceremony will be held in September.
1 June 2020
Architects Declare is one today
There are now over 5000 signatory practices across 6 built environment disciplines in 22 countries. Thank you to all who have signed up, seeking to follow the 11 declaration points.
30 May 2020
First Year Survey
As the first year anniversary of Architects Declare approaches, we are conducting a survey of all our signatories, asking how practices have responded to the climate emergency. We would also like to know what practices have planned for the future, and what they expect from Architects Declare. To take part in this survey, please click here
4 May 2020
First global meeting
We had our first International meeting this morning with 35 people, from 15 countries, across 19 time zones sharing inspiration about how they are approaching the Architects Declare declaration points
16 April 2020