The Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA) is urging its chartered practices and members to register now for the 2012 run of Architect in the House. The charitable scheme gives homeowners one hour's free consultation with a local RIBA architect and offers the chance to support Shelter with an optional donation of £40.
George Clarke, a chartered architect, TV presenter and Shelter ambassador who is supporting Architect in the House, said:
'Whatever the project, architects can help to release a homeowner's property potential by offering invaluable advice on everything from structural design to fixtures and fittings. Architect in the House is a great way for architects to make the most of their expert advice while raising money for Shelter at the same time. As a Shelter ambassador I've seen first hand how the money raised by this scheme helps people in desperate housing need.'
Angela Brady, President of the Royal Institute for British Architects, said:
'By getting involved in Architect in the House and giving homeowners a few hours of their expertise, architects can support a fantastic cause. We can help people unleash the potential of their homes while helping those with more significant housing problems. I have personally supported this scheme for a number of years and am looking forward to participating again this year.'
Living in confined conditions has a devastating effect on family life, especially children's safety, health and education. Shelter estimates that more than 650,000 households in Britain are overcrowded; this includes over one million children in England alone.
RIBA chartered practices and architects should register now at www.architectinthehouse.org.uk.
The project launches officially on 16 April, matching will then take place from May with homeowners being matched to a local RIBA chartered practices and architects best suited to meet their requirements.