hg

Is dedicated to improving diversity
within Architecture and the creative industries.
We are working to create greater access
for students from Non-Traditional and
Traditional backgrounds within the
built environment

HomeGrown + is a not for profit organisation founded by Neil Pinder to address issues of diversity in architecture and beyond. We believe that only by including people from non-traditional backgrounds in fields like architecture can improvements be made in the built environment and other areas of society.

Our approach is non-adversarial and non-racial. Although race has dominated the diversity debate over the past thirty or more years, we believe that the inequality is as likely to be structural in nature as it is racial. HG+ Alumni includes people from all backgrounds united by the fact that they are not from the part of society that has traditionally dominated the profession.

Diversity must be approached in earnest and not reduced to a box ticking exercise that has failed generations of the Non-Traditional portions of society. We believe that many of those in positions of power recognise the need for change but are uncertain how to achieve it, to this we say we can help achieve their own goals of enhanced cultural equity.

We are focused on outcomes. We believe merely professing a “commitment” to advancing diversity is not enough; it is important to set understandable parameters by which to gauge success. So, we are keen to work with OPDC to set such parameters and to monitor what we do, to learn from both our successes and failures.

  • +CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS+UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD+LONDON SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY+LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY+WELSH SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE+ANDREWS UNIVERSITY+DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY+UNIVERSITY OF WEST OF ENGLAND+MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY+UTECH (JAMAICA)+PRATT INSTITUTE+UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE+UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER+FALMOUTH+

  • Universities

    UNIVERSITY+UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE+RAVENSBOURNE UNIVERSITY LONDON+UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH+ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION+UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL+MACINTOSH SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE+MANCHESTER SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE+UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON+OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY+CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS+UNIVERSITY OF

  • +LET'S BUILD+MATT & FIONA+SOUND ADVICE+ARCHIMAKE+GLA+URBAN LEARNERS+BLUEPRINT FOR ALL+STEPHEN LAWRENCE FOUNDATION+LONDON PROPERTY ALLIANCE+RIBA SOUTH/NORTH WEST+AJ+OPEN CITY+BLACK FEMALES IN ARCHITECTURE+MISSING IN ARCHITECTURE+AF+TET+IKENGA INSTITUTE

  • Architectural Bodies

    LET'S BUILD+MATT & FIONA+SOUND ADVICE+ARCHIMAKE+GLA+URBAN LEARNERS+BLUEPRINT FOR ALL+STEPHEN LAWRENCE FOUNDATION+LONDON PROPERTY ALLIANCE+RIBA SOUTH/NORTH WEST+AJ+OPEN CITY+BLACK FEMALES IN ARCHITECTURE+MISSING IN ARCHITECTURE+AF+TET+IKENGA INSTITUTE

  • +FA GLOBAL+DAAB DESIGN+URBAN PROJECTS BUREAU+FA GLOBAL+KARAKUSEVIC CARSON+SARAH WIGGLESWORTH+STUDIO GIL+ASSEMBLE+MAKE+ERIC PARRY+POPULOUS+ARUP+HOK+RYDER+HTA+ATKINS+UNIONNE+ZHA+DEAN PIKE+CURL LA TOURELL+ADJAYE ASSOCIATES+ARCHITECTURE DOING PLACE+PENOYE & PRASAD+SHEPPARDS ROBINSON+AHMM+ASSAEL+ELLIOTT WOOD+FOSTERS+FLETCHER PRIEST+OUR HUT+E2 ARCHITECTURE+NOOMA+ADESHILE ARCHITECTS+BUTTERESS+PDP+EOA+URBAN PROJECT BUREAU

  • Practices

    +FA GLOBAL+DAAB DESIGN+URBAN PROJECTS BUREAU+FA GLOBAL+KARAKUSEVIC CARSON+SARAH WIGGLESWORTH+STUDIO GIL+ASSEMBLE+MAKE+ERIC PARRY+POPULOUS+ARUP+HOK+RYDER+HTA+ATKINS+UNIONNE+ZHA+DEAN PIKE+CURL LA TOURELL+ADJAYE ASSOCIATES+ARCHITECTURE DOING PLACE+PENOYE & PRASAD+SHEPPARDS ROBINSON+AHMM+ASSAEL+ELLIOTT WOOD+FOSTERS+FLETCHER PRIEST+OUR HUT+E2 ARCHITECTURE+NOOMA+ADESHILE ARCHITECTS+BUTTERESS+PDP+EOA+URBAN PROJECT BUREAU

1 HOUR

Providing secondary school students with an opportunity to get creative with Architects within an office setting.

ALUMNI

A network of university students & young professionals sharing their experiences to the next generation.

WORK FORCE

Enabling practical work experience through job placement for Part I and Part II professionals.

GLAM GOES GLOBAL

A dynamic design event mixing fashion & Architecture where students are challenged to create sustainable wearable Architecture.

SMALL-BIG-SMALL

A network of knowledge sharing through coaching/designing and discussion.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING

Help us financially to help others during their university studies.

STUDENT EXCHANGE

Our long term goal of establishing a student exchange program for students from Non Traditional/Traditional backgrounds.

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Neil Pinder - Founder

Neil has taught in a number of inner-city schools for over 25 years, working with London Open House for much of that time. Neil is a trustee of Blue Print (formerly the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust) for the past 15 years. He is currently Head of Product Design and Architecture at Graveney School in south London, where he introduced Architecture to the curriculum, winning various Open House competitions and being honoured as "Open House Teacher of the Year".

Neil has received national recognition for his Celebrating Architecture initiative recognising the work of young talented Non-Traditional and Traditional students at Graveney School and has been endorsed by the GLA good growth by design. Guest speakers at Celebrating Architecture have included; Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Professor Chris Wise and Wayne Hemingway, alongside some of the most prestigious national and international architectural practices.

Neil has been a guest speaker at various RIBA events and is an Arkwright interviewer for Imperial College’s engineering scholarship. He has been involved in the London Festival of Architecture and has led architectural workshops at the RCA in collaboration with the Architectural Foundation.

Neil founded GLAM  GUCCI, LOUIS VUITTON  ARCHITECTURE & ME More recently he has been awarded the NLA (New London Architecture) Hidden Hero award and A ‘Lifetime Award’ by Sound Advice.

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