Financial Support Needed
Architects Declare needs financial support and we suggest that every signatory practice makes a contribution. How much we raise will guide what we can afford to take on. The more we raise, the more we can do. Please support AD at this crucial time of change.
Our hope is to raise at least £50,000 a year to cover operating costs including staff, maintaining our website and social media, promoting our work to the press, keeping communications with signatories regular, coordinating regional meetings and strengthening links with fellow declarations under the international, multi-disciplinary Construction Declares umbrella. There are also other expenses to take care of such as adding functionality to our website and paying for digital subscriptions. Rather than relying on practices to fund this in the background, we would like to put a more equitable model in place. We are in the process of setting up Architects Declare as a charity but this takes some time, and we need to start fundraising sooner than completion allows.
Based on our estimate of future costs, we suggest that each signatory practice contributes £20 annually for each architect they employ. Contributions are limited at a maximum of £2500 so large practices do not pay more than this amount. If this is not affordable, please contribute what you can; your status within AD will not be affected by your ability to contribute.
For us to receive your complete contribution, please email us for details of how to transfer via BACS. Otherwise here is our PayPal link:
19 September 2020
AD wins Sustainability Initiative of the Year Award
Architects Declare has won the AJ100 Sustainability Initiative of the Year for 2020. Judges unanimously named AD winner of the award, which is given for an exemplary or innovative approach to sustainability.
From the AJ:
"Judges unanimously named Architects Declare winner of the award, which is given for an exemplary or innovative approach to sustainability.
The jury said the initiative deserved ‘praise for recognising that the climate emergency cannot be solved at the scale of an individual building and that an industry-wide coalition is needed to change the system’. Impressed with the clarity of its concept and the level of industry engagement achieved in the first year to build a global movement with more than 5,000 signatories, the judges admired ‘the skill of the initiators in assembling the founding practices and their savvy in understanding where the pressure points are’."
18 September 2020
England Tree Strategy consultation
Construction Declares has partnered with the Architects Climate Action Network in a response to DEFRA's England Tree Strategy. We see this as a chance to influence this strategy for the next 30 years, and help the government to maximise benefits of tree planting. To support this, and for more information about why this consultation is so important for architects to respond to, please click here . You have until 11 September.
8 September 2020
Government response to Construction Declares Open Letter
Architects Declare has received a reply to our Letter to Government from the Rt. Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. We have continued the dialogue with the Minister in a detailed response, and again offered to arrange a meeting to discuss how we can support and collaborate with the government on the action required.
3 September 2020
Want to join an AD Working Group?
Architects Declare are looking for people to join a new Working Group to help us with current projects. One of these is a Practice Guide, addressing the declaration points, and we need help completing this work: research, writing, editing and design. We are also in the midst of working on responses to several public consultations on climate related matters. If you would like more information, please get in touch - [email protected]
27 August 2020
We know that there have been vociferous debates in the media and between signatories recently concerning projects which may or may not be considered to be in conflict with the declaration. While we recognise that every project has a complex social, economic and ecological context beyond what is immediately evident, we are encouraged that these discussions are opening up the debate as to what is considered in keeping with the declaration and a severe emergency situation.
As we in the steering group have previously stated, we have a principle of not naming and shaming our colleagues in the industry. This is in part because we don’t have the mandate or resources to apply such scrutiny rigorously or fairly, and in part because the steering group sees its role to be acting as custodians of a shared declaration, not a judiciary. However, we believe that it is a success of this movement that the media and signatories are holding each other to account and pushing each other to do better.
The industry and every individual within it must make an enormous shift in order to help bring our society in line with planetary limits. This requires collective action and cross-practice debate. All practices that have signed the declaration have done so as a public statement that inevitably invites critique. We hope that these interactions remain supportive and collaborative as much as possible but we also recognise that the scale and urgency of the challenge will undoubtedly result in difficult conversations and decisions for us all.
We hope that the declaration and the coalition of signatories now totalling over 5000 practices globally provides a force for positive change in this urgent journey towards a regenerative built environment that addresses the climate and biodiversity crises head on.
13 July 2020
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