studiopolpo is a Sheffield based social enterprise architectural practice.
Our practice of architecture involves researching, engaging, collaborating, drawing, writing and making as well as designing and building.
What is a social enterprise and why are we one? There are many types and definitions of social enterprises, but, generally, a social enterprise is a business with primarily social objectives where any profits are reinvested in the business or in the community, rather than given to shareholders and owners. We are set up as a company limited by guarantee with social benefit and managed by a board of directors. We chose to be a social enterprise because being ‘not-for-profit’ is at the heart of what we believe in.
All our projects are underpinned by our ethical values and a genuine desire to work towards social, environmental and economic sustainability.
We are interested in influencing, intervening and changing how things are done.
We also want to support others that are striving do good things and use part of our profit to invest into new initiatives and help get projects off the ground.
Most of our work is in collaboration with others, and we believe that engaging with people from different disciplines and backgrounds makes our work more interesting.