Ask an Architect

Ask an architect

For one weekend only, architects in every corner of Northern Ireland will be volunteering their time and expertise to give advice to the public on their building projects, whether large or small, to help raise funds for cancer research. Throughout the ‘ask an architect’ weekend on 16/17th April 2016 over 80 architects from more than 60 architectural practices across Northern Ireland will be offering hour long consultations in return for a minimum charitable donation of £40.

Donations will go to the Jill Todd Trust which was set up to commemorate Jill whose life was taken by cancer. Jill was 23 and the daughter of local architect Barrie Todd.  The Trust will present all funds raised through ‘ask an architect’ to the Centre of excellence for Cancer Research at Belfast City Hospital via its affiliated charity the Friends of the Cancer Centre.

Martin Hare, President of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects said, “This is a great opportunity for anyone thinking of renovating or extending their current house, building a new home or undertaking any other construction project. You can get expert advice and support cancer research at the same time.”

“Your professional architect will guide you through your options and answer all your questions. This can range from creative design ideas and exploring building solutions to meet your needs, right through to the practicalities of planning permission, building costs and contracts.”

Speaking at the launch of the initiative Mark McEvoy, Commercial Director of Garage Door Systems, said, “This is such a great cause and we are delighted to be supporting the ‘ask an architect’ initiative. You might just want to see what’s possible with the space and budget you have or perhaps you’re further down the line and need some problems solved. This is the weekend to do it.”

An online booking system has been set up which allows members of the public to select the architect and the time slot that suits them best. The booking system is live from 1 March 2016 on the Jill Todd Trust website:  on a first come, first served basis. The website will also contain details such as: architectural practices’ CVs and location; what you should consider bringing with you on the day and what scope of advice you are likely to receive. In the meantime follow PLACE, RSUA and the Jill Todd Trust on social media to be kept up to date on the latest developments.

Quote from a client

“An architect can often find solutions to the seemingly impossible and produce an end result that works, gives a superb living experience, is affordable and which was unimaginable at the outset.” Greta McMeekin

Acknowledgement for main photo:
Winner of a RIBA Regional Award 2015, House at Grillagh Water by Patrick Bradley Architects, Maghera
For further information please contact:

Ciarán Fox
Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA)
028 9032 3760

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