Practice Opening Doors

Opening Doors, Opening Minds

Sheppard Robson is actively involved with a wide range of community initiatives that engage young minds and champion diversity within architecture, design and the arts more broadly. Ultimately, we believe this will help to improve diversity and inclusivity within the built environment industries, by engaging with the potential designers of the future. As a practice, we are well placed to connect a wide range of people to the power of creativity, and we believe every child should start life with as many open doors in front of them as possible.

To support this, we encourage each of our employees to seek out initiatives that they are passionate about—from co-designing a classroom, to mentoring architecture and design students.

Several of these initiatives are outlined in our publication, Opening Doors, Opening Minds, which are both practice-led and self-initiated by our dedicated staff, and supported by Sheppard Robson by providing the time, space and patronage necessary to bring these ideas to fruition.

Sheppard Robson architects collaborated to design an outdoor classroom for Frendsbury Gardens, a community garden in Brockley, South London. Pictured, volunteers participate in a tile-making session to produce the 900 tiles used to cover the classroom.

Sheppard Robson architects collaborated to design an outdoor classroom for Frendsbury Gardens, a community garden in Brockley, South London. Pictured, volunteers participate in a tile-making session to produce the 900 tiles used to cover the classroom.

The practice worked with Camden Highline and Urban Learners to facilitate a series of workshops to help give Camden’s young people the skills and opportunities to play a full part in the borough’s thriving creative economy in the future. These workshops are often the first exposure to architecture many of the students may receive, which is essential to opening the field to a more diverse range of people.

The practice worked with Camden Highline and Urban Learners to facilitate a series of workshops to help give Camden’s young people the skills and opportunities to play a full part in the borough’s thriving creative economy in the future. These workshops are often the first exposure to architecture many of the students may receive, which is essential to opening the field to a more diverse range of people.

Since 2012 Sheppard Robson has been involved with Open City’s Accelerate programme, a pioneering education programme aimed at increasing diversity in the architecture profession. Through mentoring, Sheppard Robson architects have worked to open built environment career possibilities for students with diverse backgrounds.

Since 2012 Sheppard Robson has been involved with Open City’s Accelerate programme, a pioneering education programme aimed at increasing diversity in the architecture profession. Through mentoring, Sheppard Robson architects have worked to open built environment career possibilities for students with diverse backgrounds.