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Dermot Bannon Launches 9th Annual RIAI Simon Open Door: Add Value By Consulting an Architect

Published: Thursday, March 07, 2013

[Pictured above are Architect Dermot Bannon with (l-r) Kyle Curren Smith, Alex Campbell, Ava O’Dwyer and David Campbell]

The annual Simon Open Door event takes place over Saturday and Sunday, 11th and 12th May 2013, in architects' offices nationwide. Members of the public can now book a consultation with an RIAI Registered Architect by logging on to www.simonopendoor.ie. The donation of €50.00 every cent will go directly to the Simon Community of Ireland as all architects are giving their time and expertise for free. Consultations with RIAI registered architects are also available in furniture retailer IKEA.

This year's campaign was launched by Dermot Bannon, an RIAI registered architect and RTÉ presenter, and the message is: ‘Architects Add Value - Engaging an architect in your project will save you time and money'. A consultation with an architect can open up a range of options and give you the chance to discuss the most economic and appropriate design for your requirements. As Dermot Bannon explains: “With an increased number of people having to stay in their current homes due to financial constraints, the architect's role has become even more central, in that we are helping people to create a home that will continue to work for them through the years. The Simon Open Door campaign allows architects to use their talents to help raise awareness and money for the most vulnerable of our society”.

To book your consultation with a Registered Architect log on to Simon Open Door

Also speaking at the launch was Niamh Randall, Simon Community, National Spokesperson who said “The Simon Open Door is a fantastic initiative which has already raised a huge amount of money for Simon and we are delighted to partner with the RIAI once again this year.  The Simon Communities rely, now more than ever, on the support of the public and corporate partners such as the RIAI to help us help to make a lasting difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society, people who are homeless and those at risk. The solution to homelessness is access to appropriate housing with supports. In the current economic climate we are seeing an increase in the numbers of people turning to our services all around the Country and we are doing everything possible to respond. "We in Simon know what works; we just need the support to do it.”

To date, over 4,600 people have taken part in the very successful fundraising initiative for Simon with almost €300,000 being raised for the charity over the years.  Last year the RIAI initiated the  “RIAI Simon Sleep out” to raise awareness for homelessness, which saw Dermot Bannon, host of RTE’s ‘Room to Improve’, Simon staff and RIAI architects sleeping on the streets of Dublin, to continue to highlight awareness the sleep out will take place again this year on the 18th April 2013.

[Pictured below are pic left: Alex Campbell and Ava O'Dwyer with Architect Dermot Bannon and Patrick Quinn, Simon Communities of Ireland and picture right: Dermot Bannon, RIAI President Michelle Fagan and Patrick Quinn]

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