Over 50 practices now signed up to Fair Pay for Part 1 Graduates

23 November 2018

RSUA was alerted by a number of student members about the unattractive, and at times exploitative, terms and conditions that they were being expected to work under in some organisations in Northern Ireland. We have sought to tackle this issue head-on over the last two years. Click here for more background.


I’m pleased to report that now over 50 practices are signed up to the RSUA Commitments to Fair Pay for Part 1 Graduates. The headline commitment is to pay a minimum of the UK Living Wage as set by the Living Wage Foundation. This recently increased to £9 per hour.


Today we are informing all of our 300 student members of the new list of employers who are signed up to the commitments. Some of these employers may also have live job opportunities. If you are working in a practice that is not signed up to these Commitments please contact us, confidentially, as we may be able to help find you another opportunity.


The 56 organisations currently championing fair pay for part 1 graduates are:



d-on Architects

McAdam Design

Robert Bleakney Architects

Alan Patterson Design

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

McGarry Moon

Robinson McIlwaine

Alastair Coey Architects

GM Design Associates

McGirr Architects

Rolston Architects

Allan Curran Architects

Gregory Architects

McGonigle McGrath

RPP Architects

Architects Knox & Markwell

Hackett Architects

McLean & Forte

Samuel Stevenson & Sons

ARD Ciaran Mackel Architect

Hall Black Douglas

MHA Architects

Shane Birney Architects

Arigho Larmour Wheeler Architects

Hall McKnight

Michael Whitley Architects

Studio Rogers

bcl architecture

Hamilton Architects


The Boyd Partnership

Bell Architects

HLM Architects

Newline Architects

TODD Architects

Blamphin + Associates

HMD Architects

Ostick +Williams

Tracey Architects

Calico Architects

Iain Stewart Architect

Paul McAlister Architects

White Ink

Christopher McCauley Architect

John Kirkpatrick Architect

Paul McGarvey Architect

 Here Architects

David Wilson Architect

Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects

Peter Drummond Architects

 McGurk Architects

Doherty Architects

Manor Architects

Philip Parker Architects

Hutcheson Irvine Partnership

 Invisible Architecture

Honouring Commitments

These commitments are only of any value if they are honoured by all organisations that sign up to them. We have reminded all Fair Pay organisations to ensure that they are meeting the commitments. Whilst the commitments are made voluntarily, having publicly made them any breach of the commitments could be considered a breach of Standard 1 of the ARB Architects Code of Conduct.


If you are aware of a Fair Pay employer failing to honour the Commitments please report this directly to me, confidentially, on ciaran@rsua.org.uk or 028 9032 3760.