Engineers, architects and designers who like teaching, designing, building and learning.
We are a collective that seek to promote diversity and public engagement in our built environment by encouraging better representation in the industry, and community participation on new projects. We engage people from all walks of life in the design process, and provide opportunities for professionals to be better informed about the people for which they design.
While we’re teaching, we’re still learning. The projects we engage in allow us to adopt different roles in the design and construction process than those that we usually hold; transforming engineers and architects into teachers, project managers, general contractors or joiners. Through these experiences we gain further insight into the holistic design process which is not readily available in a more traditional design team structure.
Scale Rule is only as useful as the people who commit their time to contributing on the projects: presenting lectures, tutoring workshops, developing designs, or building pavilions and installations. They are the Scale Rulers! (If you’d like to join the ranks to receive emails for opportunities to contribute, sign up here)
As well as projects run from London, Scale Rule is facilitating affiliated projects further afield (such as in Birmingham) where teams of excellent like-minded designers can access teaching materials, formats and contacts, and take the initiative running their own projects.
Scale Rule is a registered Community Interest Company – our activities aim to benefit young people interested in the built environment, and the local communities that our interventions interact with (read our Community Interest statement here). We do this through our Rules of Engagement, where each project must satisfy at least three of the following criteria: teach young people about architecture, engineering and design; encourage diversity in architecture and engineering; engage a community in architecture, engineering and design; teach design professionals to engage better with communities and places; challenge current norms in the design industry; demonstrate sustainable design; produce a benefit to a community; teach us something new.
We hold Public Liability, Products Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance up to £5 million for making/designing/creating visual art installations and teaching and running workshops and community projects.