Ian Ritchie Architects

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Ethical Policy

iRAL seek to achieve in our work better social and environmental design solutions through genuine collaboration and intelligent design.

Every individual in our office and those with whom we collaborate are treated as equals.

We do not believe that hierarchies should exist in an intellectual and creative atmosphere.

We do not allow prejudice to influence the design process, nor do we accept that design apartheid should exist between professionals.

We recognise that the job, not our job, is the essential driver of working relationships.

Our aim is to achieve the very highest standards in design and in the manner in which we undertake our work.

All individuals in our practice are aware that their contributions are vital to the success of the projects that we undertake together for our clients, and that their actions should reflect the highest standards of ethical behaviour.

Our attitude towards others and the society in which we live directly informs the way we work.

iRAL will not accept commissions that we consider may irrevocably damage the environment, involve military activity, undermine successful social structures or engage with authorities that are party to the abuse of human rights.

We are not prepared to compromise our ethical values for profit.

Employment Policy

iRAL fully adheres to the Equality Act 2010 on equality and diversity which makes it unlawful to discriminate against anyone on the grounds of race, sex, pregnancy and maternity, marriage or civil partnership status, gender reassignment, disability, religion or belief, age or sexual orientation. All applicants will be assessed solely on merit and ability.

Environmental Policy

iRAL has formal ISO 14001: 2004 accreditation.

Our commitment is to:

To meet our commitments we will:

Environmental objectives will be established early with a client in order to address particular sensitivities and provide an agreed reference framework for the design team.

iRAL has been committed to an environmentally sustainable design approach since the practice was established in 1981. Our projects testify to our philosophy not to waste and to construct buildings that optimise carbon free energy and minimise energy bills.
We investigate and assess and, when appropriate, embrace the latest advances in engineering and environmental technology which are intelligent and relevant.

Since 1990, we have sought to use materials and products that use less energy in their manufacture and use and which require little or no maintenance. Well before sustainability was on any government agenda, Ian Ritchie was lecturing on the subject using his own projects as exemplars, beginning with low-cost, self-construct, passive and active solar energy housing (Fluy 1976; Eagle Rock House 1981). We also designed a zero energy cultural greenhouse (theatre/exhibition space, France 1993) which was the only building finalist in the global Design Sense Award sponsored by Corus and the Design Museum.

Ian Ritchie chaired the launch of the first global book on sustainability ‘Blueprint for A Green Planet’ by Seymour, Girardet and Penney’s, at The Ecology Centre, London, 1987

Safety Policy

iRAL considers health and safety at work to be of fundamental importance. We have always strived to create a humane organisation where the welfare of people is of central concern. This applies to our own employees and to those who visit our premises, but it also affects those with whom we collaborate, those to whom we provide our professional skills and the users of the buildings we design. Since operating our Health and Safety policy from 1990 we have had no reportable incidents.

General Policy

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