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Studio Moren shortlisted for Employer Architect of the Year 

Studio Moren is honoured to be shortlisted in this year's Best Architect Employer of the Year Awards by Building Design.

The award recognises architectural practices fostering a supportive work environment with opportunities for training initiatives, career advancement, promoting well-being and work-life balance, and implementing policies to ensure equal pay and gender equality in the workplace.

At Studio Moren we believe that our people are our greatest asset and we pride ourselves on our unique studio culture. Throughout the past year, particularly following the period of team disruption during COVID, we have striven to further foster this and evolve into a vibrant and rewarding place to work.

As we now benefit from flexible working we have found, as a practice, we need to work harder to ensure that team members are both supported and that the social side of the office continues to flourish. Through our internal groups and programmes, including the Inclusion Steering Group (that actively promotes and celebrates diversity and equality), our Mentorship Programme (that aims to support both junior and senior colleagues), and our Company Culture Champions (who organise events, support well-being and encourage interaction).

Pilates at the studio

As a result, we have embraced a more flexible and inclusive working environment offering additional workplace training on Inclusion subjects, developed a programme of internally run CPDs, events and introduced formalised design reviews, encouraging everyone to ‘get involved’.

We also restarted our in-person football, running and Pilates clubs.

Sarah Yuma & Freya Jones at a Sixth Form College Careers Fair

This is in addition to our continued support of our Part 1 and II students, schools outreach programme, active delivery of Revit training to improve team literacy and our annual office study tour. 

As a culmination to these activities, we recently circulated an internal staff questionnaire to better understand our team’s perception of the studio on subjects including work-life balance, equality inclusion and diversity; the results of which are a benchmark moving forward.