Who We Help

The Architects Benevolent Society is dedicated to helping past and present members of the wider architectural profession, and their families, in times of need.

We help architects, architectural assistants, AT professionals (architectural technologists and technicians) and landscape architects, and their families. Eligibility for our support is based on work experience in the UK rather than membership of one of the professional membership bodies.

We help people of all ages; at the beginning of their career, in later stages and when retired. 

Today the Architects Benevolent Society spends more than £1 million each year helping over 500 people with grants, gifts, loans, advice and in many other ways. Our welfare officers take the time to offer support and advice, in addition to practical help.

"ABS has been brilliant in supporting me at a time of crisis in my life, with practical advice regarding access to welfare and NHS services along with financial help."  Ian, Architect

Please take a look at some of the stories below which describe the different ways we have helped people.

Michelle's Story

As the breadwinner in a single income family, the economic pressure of the last three to four years was extremely stressful for Michelle. Though she remained employed as a Chartered Landscape...

Theo's Story

Theo's architect father died not long after his seventeenth birthday after almost eighteen months in a coma following a massive stroke. The strain of spending every day at his hospital...

To read more stories about who we have helped and how we have helped them, please visit our stories section.

If you need help yourself or know someone who might benefit from our help then please visit our help section.

  • Redundancy Support

    If in the current climate you are facing redundancy please see here for more information, including how the ABS can help you.
  • Here when you need us

    Click here for housing advice, financial assistance, mental health support or legal guidance. Architects Benevolent Society are here to help!
  • ABS Covid-19 Response

    Architects Benevolent Society would like to assure those in the wider architectural community that we are here to help and continue to offer our support services.