RMJM, the international design firm based in Edinburgh, has donated $1.5 million to the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) for the creation of the “RMJM Program for Research and Education in Integrated Design Practice.” This new project aims to heighten the value of architects by incorporating business principles into design education.
“Architecture is at risk of losing talent,” explains RMJM CEO Peter Morrison, who has explored the idea for such a program with GSD professors and architects during the past three years while giving guest lectures at the school. “On the surface, things look good: projects are good, profits are good, there are serious people doing well, and places like Dubai and China are doing large-scale projects. But once we started looking into it further, we uncovered some harsh truths about the profession: people are not making enough money. Brokers and agents are making much more selling the spaces we design.”