We are committed to supporting a range of industry causes and local charities in the UK and China. Each year we dedicate our time and expertise, and commit to spending a percentage of our profit on charity. Some of the good causes we have supported recently include:
Article 25 – Every year Ken Shuttleworth works with Article 25 on their 10 x 10 Drawing the City project. Ken, along with 99 other prominent architects, creates a drawing of London which is then auctioned to raise money for Article 25, a charity that designs, builds, and manages projects to provide better shelter wherever there is disaster, poverty or need.
European Architecture Students Assembly - As part of Make’s commitment to fostering young architecture talent, in 2015 we sponsored the annual European Architecture Students Assembly, in Valletta, Malta. Held in a different European city each year, the event brings together around 500 of the brightest architecture students from across the continent to participate in two intensive weeks of workshops, lectures, exhibitions and events. In addition to our sponsorship, Make also held a design workshop led by two of our senior architects.
LandAid – Make is proud to be a Foundation Partner of LandAid. We are also providing pro-bono expertise in the design and construction of a youth, sports and community centre in North Devon for local youth charity Wings South West. LandAid, whose mission is to help the young and disadvantaged access the facilities, skills and opportunities they need to achieve their potential, helped to bring Make and Wings South West together to realise this project.
Open-City – Open-City is an independent not-for-profit architecture and built environment education organisation, expert in the field of bringing architecture to future generations. They have been delivering free education programmes to some 30,000 state school students over the past 10 years. Make has been involved with Open-City since 2006 and has participated in a wide range of educational and mentoring programmes.
Accelerate into University! – Make and the Bartlett School of Architecture are working with Open-City to deliver Accelerate into University!, an access programme for year 11 and 12 state schools students who want to pursue a career in architecture or the built environment. This 18-month scheme will enable these young people to reach their full potential and improve their chances of entering higher education through practical work experience and mentoring.
Ecobuild Bamboo Village – Working with Building magazine and UBM, Make designed a ‘Bamboo Village’ out of Lego and invited delegates at Ecobuild in London and Shanghai to contribute to the Lego construction, with the aim of raising funds for the China Children and Teenagers Fund (CCTF). The money will go towards the building of the Anji Bamboo Research and Training Centre in China – a community centre which will produce sustainable bamboo building products.
ABS - Ken Shuttleworth was president of the Architects Benevolent Society from 2008 to 2011 and Make continues to support their work. The ABS cares for architects and their dependants by providing practical and financial help to people in the industry who have experienced redundancy, illness, accident, bereavement or some other personal misfortune.
The Architecture Foundation - Make is a foundation sponsor of The Architecture Foundation, a non-profit agency that advances architecture and urbanism by cultivating new ideas and talent, stimulating discussion, and improving the quality of the built environment.
Make also offers partners one paid working day off each year to volunteer at a Make-organised charity event.