AHR has been named DYW Glasgow’s Employer of the Month for May 2017.
AHR is a multi-award winning architecture and building consultancy practice, with a legacy dating back to 1835, operating in the UK and internationally. Based on their strong heritage and breadth of services, they provide imaginative solutions to make a positive contribution for their clients, society and the built environment. Their Glasgow office currently employs 23 people ranging from architects and landscape architects to administration staff.
AHR is committed to the DYW agenda having provided two work experience placements every month for the past two years. The time invested in these young people is invaluable and they have benefited as a company from the ideas generated by school pupils during their week-long placements.
Richard Blair, Director of AHR, sits on DYW Glasgow’s Education and Industry Partnership steering group and see’s the value in engaging with the group. He recently spoke passionately about the value of engaging with schools at the launch of Marketplace at Glasgow Science Centre which was organised by DYW Glasgow. He shared his experiences of working with the up-coming generation of innovators and said that having two pupils on placement at the same time enhanced their learning and what they, as a business, were able to offer the young people during their placement.
AHR provides the aspiring architects with a brief and with some guidance on ‘how to design the ultimate classroom’. They spend a week developing this, working with more experienced architects to get their guidance and job shadowing to gain some creative direction. The pupils work together to fulfill the brief using the knowledge and skills they acquire and deliver a presentation at the end of the week to AHR staff. They then receive feedback, both positive and constructive.
“We are delighted to be announced as DYW Glasgow’s Employer of the Month. We have been offering work placements for over ten years now, initially only one young person at a time but more recently, we have offered two placements. Having two pupils not only helps them as they can learn from each other but it really works for us a business. One of our main areas of work is designing schools so we are able to learn from what the younger generation see as their ultimate classroom’. Working with schools also helps with recruitment and it adds to our community benefit”
Richard Blair, Director, AHR Architects
The firm are taking two aspiring architects from Shawlands Academy in June and have committed to continue offering work placements in the future as well as other activities that will benefit young people.
Well done, AHR Architects!