Category Archives: Community



We recently sponsored the Drawing Salon Project, an initiative in conjunction with the Dulwich Picture Gallery. The project involved a programme of drawing classes, held over 12 weeks at the gallery, for eighteen year 8 and 9 students from Southwark Secondary Schools. A selection of drawings were displayed in an exhibition at our 85 Southwark Gallery in January 2016.

In keeping with the practice’s appreciation for drawing, the classes helped the students to progress and mature their drawing skills, aiming to support, challenge and encourage their passion and skill for the craft. The project was creatively led and taught by two artists: Benjamin Senior and Jo Lewis

Oriana Project Kenya

We are designing a boarding school for disabled, vulnerable and orphaned children on a ten-acre plot near Nanyuki with views of Mount Kenya.

The Nanyuki Preparatory School is an existing school in central Kenya looking to expand and secure its future while providing expanded boarding facilities. Working with a registered charity headed by Peter and Emmeline Carr, Allies and Morrison and Arup have jointly designed a new home for the school. The new campus has been designed on a pro-bono basis.

The children for the school come from many different backgrounds, including orphans who have lost their parents to disease to those who are physically disabled because their wheelchair simply cannot fit through existing doors. Our architecture responds to these conditions by creating an accessible place that is a nurturing and inviting environment.

Rajapur Bangladesh

We have held a series of food and cake sales to support the building of a Women’s Literacy and Healthcare Centre (a Mannan Foundation Trust Project) in Rajapur, Bangladesh.

Phase 2 started on site in December 2015. For more information about the project, please visit or contact our former colleague Tumpa Husna Yasmin Fellows who is a Trustee to the board of the charity.

Open House London

We open our studio and give guided tours to the public in September each year as part of Open House London in support of it’s aim to promote awareness of, and access to, well-designed architecture and public space.

Many of our other completed buildings, in Southwark and beyond, are also open for visits during the weekend.


As active members of Better Bankside, as home to our studio, designers of several local building and public spaces, and through the cafe and gallery which occupy ground floor spaces within our studios, we have built good relationships with our local community.

We donate salvaged re-usable stationery, packaging and computer hardware to local community projects The Children’s Scrap Project, the Work and Play Scrapstore and The Art Academy.

Buildings in the neighbourhood designed by the practice include Rambert, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, Contemporary Applied Arts, Farnham Place, Paris Gardens, The Crane Building, several buildings on Lavington Street, Hungerford Terrace at Southbank Centre, Bankside 123, Canteen Southbank, the restoration of Royal Festival Hall and our own 85 Southwark Studios.

in 2010, we supported a community production of the Southwark Mystery Plays which was performed in Southwark Cathedral and we participate in programmes that expand awareness of architecture for local schools.

Academic Engagement

Many of us lecture, teach or act as visiting critics at schools of architecture in the UK and worldwide.The practice sponsors the Architectural Professorship at Cambridge University and offers bursaries to talented students who need some financial assistance with their studies. We run a programme of training for Part 1 and Part 2 students and offer work experience to GCSE and A Level students considering a career in architecture.

Microloan Foundation Training Centre

In support of the Microloan Foundation in Malawi, we have designed and built a training centre in Kasungu which assists women to become self-sufficient by launching small businesses.

Access to Architecture for Local Schools

Our architects and modelmakers run design workshops in local schools and in our studio, supporting projects with Open House, the RIBA and The Campaign for Drawing.

As Architects in Residence at Tower Bridge Primary School we have piloted a Maths through Architecture project run by architect and teacher partnerships to be launched to schools across the country.

We offer work experience for GCSE and A level students as a structured curriculum following a five-day programme where students are exposed to all areas of our practice.


We are a Founding Friend of the Turn End Trust, which was established by the Aldington family in order to protect the Turn End Estate for future generations, make it available for the public benefit, and promote public knowledge and understanding of architecture, garden design, and the relationship between them.

The Turn End Estate comprises of three Grade II listed village houses (The Turn, Middle Turn, Turn End) in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, which were designed and built in the 1960’s by Peter Aldington.