RIBA urges members to support Shelter and take part in Architect in the House 2013

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is encouraging members to sign up to participate in the highly successful Architect in the House scheme which launches on the 12 March. Now in its 17th year, Architect in the House matches homeowners with local RIBA chartered architects across the UK, while raising vital funds for the housing charity Shelter.

RIBA chartered architect George Clarke is leading this year’s annual Architect in the House campaign which offers homeowners a unique opportunity to be partnered with an architect for a one hour consultation for a suggested donation of £45 to Shelter.

George Clarke, RIBA Chartered Architect and Shelter ambassador, said: 'With the current state of the housing market, we’re staying in our homes for longer, but life doesn’t stand still and simple changes to your home can make a big difference. Architect in the House can really help people unlock the potential in their current homes and create more space, from a simple internal change to developing an attic space or designing an extension.'

RIBA President Angela Brady said: 'Whether it’s creating an open plan living space, designing an extension, or advising on making a home more energy efficient, 'Architect in the House' helps homeowners develop their ideas with an RIBA chartered architect, while raising much needed funds for Shelter’s work with families who are in housing need.

'I know RIBA members are very eager to support Shelter by using their expertise to raise funds to help families who are homeless or at risk of losing their home in these tough economic times.'

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Notes to editors

  • For further press information on Architect in the House please contact: Howard Crosskey in the RIBA press office on 020 7307 3761 or howard.crosskey@riba.org
  • Run by Shelter and the Royal Institute of British Architects, Architect in the House provides free one hour design consultations with RIBA Chartered architects for a suggested donation to Shelter of £45.
  • Architects across the UK can register their interest now at: www.architectinthehouse.org.uk
    The scheme opens for registrations from 12 March until 21 August.
  • A suggested donation of £45 could help Shelter find secure homes for at least two families facing homelessness this year.
  • Now in its 17th year, Architect in the House has raised over £1.7 million for Shelter to help homeless and badly housed families. RIBA Chartered Architects will be matched with local homeowners on a fortnightly basis from the end of March 2013 and consultations can take place any time up to the end of November 2013
  • Consultations with homeowners are subject to availability in each area.
 
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