Shelter and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).have launched their 16th annual Architect in The House scheme for 2012. RIBA chartered architects across the UK will volunteer their time to provide hour-long consultations to the public in return for a £40 suggested donation to Shelter.
 
Whether it’s building an extension, knocking through a wall or a complete renovation, the scheme is a wonderful opportunity for homeowners to discuss their ideas with an RIBA chartered architect while raising money for Shelter’s work with homeless and badly housed families.

Now in its 16th year, Architect in the House has raised over £1.5 million for Shelter, including over £110,000 last year alone. This year the scheme officially launches on Monday 16 April and registrations will close on 11th July, but those who can’t wait until then can pre-register at www.architectinthehouse.org.uk – pre-registration is advised as often architects are all signed up by the time of the official launch

Participants will be matched with RIBA Chartered architects from May and consultations can take place any time up to the end of November. This year the scheme is sponsored by leading stone wool insulation firm Rockwool.

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Angela Brady, President of the RIBA, said: “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.”
 
Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “At the heart of this scheme is the message that home is more than just a roof over your head – it’s having somewhere decent, safe and secure for you and your family. Sadly, 70,000 children in England have no home to call their own, and over a million live in housing that is overcrowded, damp or in disrepair.
 
“The money raised through this scheme enables Shelter to reach over a million people each year with housing advice and support, and to campaign for a future where no child’s life is blighted by bad housing.”