The quote from Shigeru Ban from the Guardian (AJ 03.11.05) that damned architects in comparison with solicitors and accountants for not putting their shoulders sufficiently into charity work seems to have been plucked from a long interview to imply that UK architects are just as uncaring.
In France, where Ban has a studio at present, there is a healthy tradition of solicitors 'doing their bit', but in the UK it is architects who are well represented. In organisations such as Business in the Community around 20 per cent of the member companies offering professional help are architectural firms.
At PCPT we have won a Business Charter Award and have also been working for 15 years across the West Midlands, with community initiatives in such areas as Aston, Walsall, Bordesley Green and as far away as Hereford, trying to make a difference and providing skills and good advice where and when it counts.
So, what about a bit of positive publicity for the profession?
David Mahony, PCPT Architects