Quick facts

About Ryder Architecture

THE ARCHITECTURAL GIANTS Berthold Lubetkin, Le Corbusier and Ove Arup brought together young architects Gordon Ryder and Peter Yates, who set up Ryder Architecture in Newcastle in 1953. Today the practice also has offices in London, Liverpool and Glasgow and a workforce of 130 people.

An architect earns £30,000 a year on average, benefiting from a profit-share scheme, 26 days of leave and “duvet days”. After five years, staff are eligible for a sabbatical.

Everybody is given three days a year to use for volunteering, and the firm supports AzuKo, an architecture charity that aims to empower communities through design. Staff say the organisation has a strong social conscience (89% positive).

A bursary of £10,000 is available to undergraduates if they perform exceptionally during a placement year at Ryder. People feel their job boosts their own growth (93%).

“Everyone is here to help each other,” says Thomas Phillips, a technology assistant. He adds that regular check-ins with his mentor “reassure [me] I’m still on track”.


What is it like to work for Ryder Architecture

My Manager
My Manager
A meeting is held with the company leadership team every six weeks at their home in Newcastle, focussing on ensuring team leaders are well briefed on business goals, challenges and targets and allowing a two way platform of communication across the leadership team and that their managers live and breathe the values and culture of Ryder. Reviews can be requested at any time with internal and external mentoring opportunities available. Annual development reviews occur on anniversary of start date. As a company Ryder Architecture supports Performance Consultancy, specialists in evidence based design and conducting research to join post occupancy evaluation to better understand building usability, who also continually informing the government’s soft landings programme. The company’s BIM research provides “cradle to grave” solutions in the global adoption of BIM for asset management. A meeting is held with the leadership team every six weeks, reviews can be requested at any time and annual development review always occurs on anniversary of start date.
Personal Growth
Personal Growth
Ryder Architecture empowers delegation through mentoring and training, ensuring everyone benefits from financial success through the company’s profit share scheme. Personalised development is an important cog in their company's machine, with opportunities to attend conferences or events and global educational development offered throughout. The company funds involvement in the international Common Purpose programme, exploring how other sectors deal with challenges and learn to “lead beyond authority”. Ryder Academy encourages innovation in their people, rewarding solutions rather than ideas. The company offers a broad content of internal topics and external opportunities, covering all aspects of architecture, leadership and business skills, which include some masterclasses. Ryder aims to inspire all their teams through sharing and collaboration of research and their mentoring programme ensures engagement and development across the practice. BIM training sessions occur monthly, with weekly CPD sessions as well. Ryder Bursary provides financial support of up to £10,000 for undergraduates during their studies following an exceptional placement year performance.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
Ryder Architecture are committed to regularly supporting the charities that they are passionate about, including their own charity, AzuKo - an architectural charity empowering communities through design. From individual sponsored fundraising through sporting events, cake bakes and creative competitions to organising the company’s own annual Oktoberfest, attracting over 450 individuals from the Built Environment industry to raise money for BrightRed and Alzheimer’s Society. They build lasting relationships to enrich their communities, from careers fairs to community clean ups. All their people are encouraged and supported in their community engagement, either outside work, or through the provision of time during their working day with each person receiving the opportunity to give a day back to a local cause during the year. During the past financial year, Ryder Architecture have raised £140,000 in pro bono fundraising and donations.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    At least 20% of staff are known to undertake charitable activities during business hours without incurring financial loss

  • Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave to all employees

  • Profit Related Payment
    Profit Related Payment

    Companies offering profit related pay to all employees

  • Development

    Companies who provide support for non-work related training

  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly

    School hours contracts offered to staff

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    68% / 32%

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