Confused about self-building? Ask an architect and help a good cause

2020 RIAI Awards - Highly Commended - Pavilion House by Robert Bourke Architect

Ask An Architect NI and the Simon Open Door are now taking bookings for 2021

Whether you are undertaking a small renovation or extension project, or a whole new build, you will need some help and advice along the way.

The first port of call is often an architect. They can help and advise at any stage of your project, from the earliest conceptual stages to the last moments of problem solving.

So whether you have a question about storage or how to get planning permission, book a consultation with an architect near you. There are two initiatives to help a good cause.

In ROI, the RIAI Simon Open Door is a partnership between the Simon Communities of Ireland and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI).

In return for a €95 donation, homeowners get an hour long consultation with an RIAI Registered Architect to discuss building, rebuilding or renovating their homes.  All participating Architects are giving their time and expertise for free.

Simon Open Door is running between Tuesday 4 May 2021 to Friday 14 May 2021 and you can book here.

In NI, book your consultation in support of cancer research with ask an architect. £40 is the minimum donation but you are welcome to give more.

Booking is now live and consultations can take place any time until the end of September 2021.

Professional chartered architects in every corner of Northern Ireland volunteer their time and expertise allowing you to book a consultation with an architect of your choice, in your locality, all while raising funds for the Jill Todd Trust.

All of the funds raised will go to assist research into finding a cure for cancer, conducted in the Cancer Centre of excellence at Belfast City Hospital via its affiliated charity the Friends of the Cancer Centre.

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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. Email

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