Architect in the House returns!

19 April 2010

George Clarke

Shelter and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have launched Architect in the House, an innovative scheme that matches homeowners with an RIBA chartered architect for a  consultation in exchange for a donation of £40 to Shelter.

Now in its 14th year, the scheme has raised over £1 million for homeless and badly housed families and helped 50,000 homeowners realise their home improvement aspirations.

George Clarke, architect and presenter of TV's 'Restoration Man' (pictured) said: 'Architect in the House is a unique opportunity to take advantage of an architect’s expertise while raising money for Shelter.’ 

Participants will be matched with architects in early July and consultations can take place any time up to the end of November.

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Ruth Reed, President of the RIBA, said: ‘Architects can add a huge amount to any home improvement project, however big or small. Whether it’s knocking down a wall or creating a new extension, only architects can give the bigger picture, offering design inspiration, knowledge of the latest fixtures and fittings, and advise on everything from planning regulations to energy efficiency.’

A recent survey commissioned by Shelter and RIBA found that:

  • Nearly three quarters of homeowners (73%) who have a dream home improvement project said their main motivation was to make the most out of their home as a place to live.
  • One in ten homeowners (12%) seeking to improve their property want to make it more environmentally friendly or energy efficient, while just 8% were hoping to improve its value.
  • Kitchen extensions are the most popular home improvement (13%), closely followed by conservatories (12%) and attic conversions (10%).

Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb said: ‘This survey reveals that homeowners are almost ten times more likely to want to create a better home than merely increase its value, showing that home is so much more to people than just a financial asset.

‘Unfortunately, the one million children in England living in overcrowded housing can only dream of a home where they have space to play, study and thrive.

‘Architect in the House is a fantastic opportunity for homeowners to give their home a fresh new look while supporting Shelter’s vital work to ensure no child’s future is blighted by bad housing'.

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About the survey

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2210 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 7 and 9 April 2010. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+). Shelter commissioned YouGov to survey 1569 homeowners in April 2010.