The UK’s only benevolent fund for architects, assistants, technologists and landscape architects celebrates its anniversary with a new campaign, new website, and new video featuring ABS President Jane Duncan OBE PPRIBA FRIAS and ABS Patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester

On 27 November 2020, Architects Benevolent Society (ABS) – a charity dedicated to helping architects, assistants, technologists, technicians, landscape architects, and their dependents in times of need – celebrates its 170th birthday!

The charity is marking this special occasion with the launch of their Foundation Of Support campaign. The campaign renews the charity’s focus on their core support services: money and debt, employment, mental health and wellbeing, housing advice, and physical health and disability. They have also launched a new website,, and celebratory video.

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ABS has changed a lot since its inception in 1850, when the first formal General Meeting took place in the Freemason’s Tavern in Covent Garden, London. By 1852, ABS had helped four people in the profession; 170 years on, they assist over a thousand individuals and families each year.

‘The world has changed so much in the past 170 years, and ABS has adapted so it can provide real help that responds to the current needs of the architectural community,’ said ABS President Jane Duncan. ‘We want you all to know how ABS can make a difference; to provide support that changes people’s lives for the better.’

‘Our help has never been more needed than it is now and we continue to expand and improve on the services we provide,’ said ABS Chair Geoffrey Purves. ‘Please help us to spread the word to all those who are eligible for that help by supporting this campaign. Together we can make a real difference.’

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