RSUA Commitments to Fair Pay for Part 1 Graduates

RSUA promotes architecture that enhances life in Northern Ireland. To maximise the positive impact of architecture we need:

  • talented people to choose architecture as a career
  • nurturing of talented people
  • working conditions that allow talent to flourish

To attract and retain talented young people it is essential that architecture is a career where each individual is valued and where everyone’s talent and effort is rewarded fairly. 

It is RSUA’s view that fair reward should be in place from day one of a graduate’s employment. We also believe that practices should have the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their commitment to the next generation of architects and that students should be able to make informed decisions as to where to seek employment based on this. 

RSUA believes it is very damaging to the sustainability of the profession of architecture when practices seek to minimise their cost base and undercut their competition by paying Part 1 Graduates less than the UK Living Wage. 

RSUA has therefore developed Commitments to Fair Pay for Part 1 Graduates which sets some minimum standards. 

This is a voluntary set of commitments which RSUA is encouraging all practices and all other organisations employing Part 1 graduates to sign up to. 

All practices that sign up to these commitments will be listed publicly on the RSUA website. Practices can join the list at any time by contacting Jeanette Hedley on Each year RSUA will remind students of the list before they are seeking jobs. In advance of this annual reminder, chartered members will be contacted to ensure every practice/organisation has the opportunity to ensure they are listed.”


  • d-on Architects

  • McAdam Design

  • Robert Bleakney Architects

  • Alan Patterson Design LLP

  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

  • McGarry Moon

  • Robinson McIlwaine

  • Alastair Coey Architects

  • GM Design Associates

  • McGirr Architects

  • Rolston Architects

  • Allan Curran Architects

  • 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

  • TODD Architects

  • RPP Architects Limited

  • Gregory Architects

  • Doherty Architects

  • White Ink

  • Architects Knox and Markwell

  • Ostick + Williams

  • Newline Architects

  • Tracey Architects

  • McGonigle McGrath

  • David Wilson Architect

  • HMD Architects

  • The Boyd Partnership

  • John Kirkpatrick Architect

  • Iain Stewart Architect

  • Christopher McCauley Architect

  • Blamphin + Associates

  • Bell Architects

  • Paul McGarvey Architect

  • Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects LLP

  • HLM Architects

  • Paul McAlister Architects

  • Philip Parker Architects Ltd

  • Calico Architects

  • Peter Drummond Architects

  • MMAS

  • Manor Architects

  • Here Architects

  • McGurk Architects

  • Hutcheson Irvine Partnership

  • Invisible Architecture

Student awards

Part 2 of Architecture Night is all about the students – the people who will shape Northern Ireland’s future built environment.

Each year, there are two awards – for undergraduates it’s the Bronze Medal and for postgraduates it’s the Silver Medal.

For both awards there is the Medal winner and a runner-up who receives the ‘Best in School’ award. 6 students are shortlisted for each award (3 from each university) and judging takes place in June each year.

In 2018:
The Best in School for undergraduate went to Simon Stevenson and the winner of the Bronze Medal was Katie Jackson. The runner up for the silver medal and recipient of the Best In School Awards was Mark Donnelly while the winner of the Silver Medal was Christopher McAvoy.