End of year message from Frazer Macdonald Hay:
2021 is drawing to a close and I would like to thank our clients and all those that supported the projects this year, contributed so positively and offered such a great deal of quality information, experiences and insight. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with resilient, resourceful and courageous people in challenging times and threatening places.
This year has involved a variety of excellent projects. There was the completion of a challenging 2-year project helping develop climate change flood risk mitigation using smart city methods and co-collaborative approaches supporting two flood vulnerable communities within the precarious urban sprawl of Mexico City. An uplifting project for The HALO Trust, UNMAS and Al Ghad. The HALO team commissioned a park and information facility design re-using a site the West of Mosul, a city in northern Iraq devastated by conflict. The park and peacebuilding facility recently opened to the public and initial signs are positive. There were also shorter projects such as workshops, lectures and research papers delivered in the UK, Norway and France. In addition, there was the honour of being part of the judging panel selecting the 2021 G+AWARDS Global Design Champion during the Guangzhou Design Week in China.
Throughout the year we have worked to develop a social enterprise business. During the first Covid-19 lock-down, I wrote that “I Don’t Want to Go Back to How it Was Before Covid19” for me that meant looking at how we work and play a role in addressing local inequality, social-economic and climate issues here in the UK and Scotland. Believing that actions speak louder than words:
I propose that UNIFORMNOVEMEBR in 2022 will use its profits to ensure that through the company’s proposed NoDE programme, international experiences, networks, skills and professional knowledge are accessible to beneficiaries in Scotland’s social-economic sector.
Next year it looks like we will have the privilege of working in Iraq again with ICCROM on their impressive heritage and peace-building initiative with local young architects and engineers. We will work with colleagues in the UK, Norway, Singapore, China, Iraq, Africa and if all goes well UNIFORMNOVEMBER will become a social enterprise and start working locally and in parallel with international clients.