April 18, 2012

Architect in the House is a joint innovative scheme run by Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).



Architect in the House matches homeowners with a local RIBA / RIAS / RSUA chartered architect who has donated an hour of their time for a design consultation. In exchange for this consultation, the homeowner can make a suggested donation of £40 to Shelter. The donated money goes towards Shelter’s work with families in housing need.

Architect in the House 2011 was a huge success and raised more than £113,000 for Shelter. 1338 RIBA, RIAS and RSUA chartered architects took part in last year’s scheme, giving up their time to hold free consultations in support of Shelter. More than 3221 homeowners signed up for the opportunity to get their dream home with help from the experts.

For homeowners

Registration is now open and will close at 6pm on 11th July 2012. Architects can advise on design ideas as well as planning, fittings and lighting, energy efficiency and environmental advice as well as managing builders. After the consultation, you can decide if you would like to continue to work with your architect on a commission basis.

The suggested donation to Shelter is £40, however this is not a fee and it is up to you how much you give.

About Shelter

Shelter is a national charity that works to improve the lives of homeless and badly houses people. They do this by giving free advice, information and advocacy to people in housing need and by campaigning for lasting political change to end the housing crisis for good.

About the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

RIBA is the UK body for architecture and the architectural profession, with over 40,000 members from across the world. They champion architectural design quality and also provide services to help homeowners find suitable architects for their projects.