Coronavirus: RMJM launches initiative for architects, engineers and designers affected by crisis

Inspired by citizens of Wuhan, RMJM Jiayou will allow construction professionals to keep working and earning

RMJM Group, one of the largest, and most geographically diverse architecture firms in the world, has announced the launch of a new initiative, RMJM Jiayou, which will offer opportunities to architects, engineers and designers affected by the coronavirus crisis around the world.

In a statement, RMJM said that the initiative will support architects and designers around the world the opportunity to be involved in live projects and continue to keep working and earning while they are distanced from their workplaces and teams.

Inspired by the viral videos of scenes from Wuhan, China, where quarantined residents across the city were chanting the phrase “ jiā yóu” from their windows and balconies as they encouraged one another to keep going and persist despite the adversity they have been facing, RMJM felt that it is their responsibility as global citizens to support their peers around the world.

As such, the company has set up a website that will serve as the initiative’s central database. Users logged into the system will receive access to a tender database of international projects, can upload their CVs and receive support directly from RMJM’s Marketing Team in compiling the necessary tender documentation to present a bid.

“In establishing this initiative, our goal is to provide opportunities for architects who are confined to their homes to connect and work with other architects and the RMJM studios around the world. We want to create a collaborative platform to keep our peers working and motivated over the coming months,” the statement said.

Finally, the architecture firm added that it wanted to encourage businesses across all sectors to engage in similar initiatives.

“We are more interconnected now than ever, and in this moment of need, we must reach out to our neighbours and offer our support,” the statement concluded.

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