hello...welcome to
the happy world of

we know we can’t change the world but we can help to make it a better place
   
we’re a little social enterprise, this means we’re committed to doing good things for society
 
the culture of the organisation is built on respect, hard work and trust – and making work something we love not loathe
 
we’re about creating healthy and happy places for people through good design
  
we share our skills and knowledge to help, advise and educate others
 
our social fund is designed to help local communities make where they live a healthier and happier place... the fund can help individuals develop the skills they need to make their own contribution to making the world a better place... it will also help communities afford the professional support and advice they need to bring their ideas a step closer to reality
 
we’re not faceless, corporate people in suits, we are...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
...and our most trusted professional friends
   
 
 
we don’t believe in strategies that are countless pages long…
 
…look at Henrietta Barnett’s vision for Hampstead Garden Suburb. We believe that great things can be achieved with a few carefully considered and meaningful words
 
alkiki was formed to promote and support the creation of healthy, happy places for people. Our built environment is becoming increasingly unhealthy, less happy and less focused on people, despite our country’s great design legacy and knowledge
 
we can improve the quality of our villages, towns and cities through creative processes that are more equally balanced towards social and cultural objectives than mainly focused on  economic gains
 
to achieve this, we need to do things differently...
 
 
what we do...
 
we offer architecture, urban design and planning advice and services...
 
design
 
leading others to create better places for people. We achieve this by placing the principles of human-centred design at the heart of what we and our clients do - yet still doing this within budgetary and commercial expectations
 
enabling
 
supporting others to create better places for people through training and sharing our knowledge and expertise
 
education & outreach
 
helping others to learn the skills and knowledge to create better places for people through a range of education and outreach programmes, ranging from one day bespoke CPD courses to formal study in pursuit of new qualifications
 
 
 
 

Laura            Stefan           Bhavna
 

how we operate...

we keep our costs competitive and our overheads low. We work to reduce our impact on the environment – walking, cycling, using public transport wherever we can – using clouds instead of printers and flexible working spaces instead of traditional offices

each year our social fund will contribute towards activities that support our social commitment: to promote and support the creation of healthy, happy places for people
 
business management...
 
alkiki does not directly employ staff; each of the co-directors and members of the alkiki family are engaged on a freelance basis under a framework contract
 
this means that each individual that is commissioned on a project is responsible for their own tax and National Insurance contributions
 
project income is paid directly to alkiki. A financial profile for each project will set out how the income will be managed.
a minimum of 5% is paid into the social fund per project
 
those freelancing for alkiki will be paid at or below the market rate for their work. These market rates will take into account whether the client is public, private or voluntary sector
 
the social fund will be used to support community groups either through the allocation of capital grants (for instance to support larger projects) – though it will be primarily used to enable community groups to benefit from alkiki’s knowledge and expertise (called enabling grants).
the allocation of enabling and capital grants will be subject to the approval of the chair
 
prior to undertaking work the financial profile for a project will be approved by the three co-founding directors. This will set out the gross income and the distribution of funds. Those commissioned to work on projects will be paid on submission of an invoice that is in accordance with the financial profile
 
how we operate...

we keep our costs competitive and our overheads low. We work to reduce our impact on the environment – walking, cycling, using public transport wherever we can – using clouds instead of printers and flexible working spaces instead of traditional offices

each year our social fund will contribute towards activities that support our social commitment: to promote and support the creation of healthy, happy places for people