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RIBA encourages members to aid homeless charity Shelter through Architect in the House 2012

The Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA) is urging its chartered practices and members to register now for the 2012 run of Architect in the House. The charitable scheme gives homeowners an hour’s free consultation with a local RIBA architect in exchange for a suggested donation of £40 to Shelter.

George Clarke, a chartered architect, TV presenter and Shelter ambassador who is supporting Architect in the House said: “Whatever the project, architects can help to release a homeowner’s property potential by offering invaluable advice on everything from structural design to fixtures and fittings. Architect in the House is a great way for architects to make the most of their expert advice while raising money for Shelter at the same time. As a Shelter ambassador I’ve seen first-hand how the money raised by this scheme helps people in desperate housing need.”

Living in confined conditions has a devastating effect on family life, especially children’s safety, health and education. Shelter estimate that more than 650,000 households in Britain are overcrowded: this includes over 1 million children in England alone.

RIBA chartered practices and architects can register now at www.architectinthehouse.org.uk The project launches officially on the 16 April, matching will then take place from May with homeowners being matched to a local RIBA chartered practices and architects best suited to meet their requirements.

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