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RIAI Registered Architects Open their Doors for Annual Partnership with the Simon Communities

Published: Wednesday, April 04, 2018

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Image Caption: From L - R, Joanna Kelly National Fundraising Assistant from Simon Communities of Ireland, Dermot Bannon RIAI Spokesperson and Kathryn Meghen RIAI CEO. 

5th April 2018: One of the country’s best-known architects, Dermot Bannon, was on hand today to launch the RIAI Simon Open Door campaign, aimed at raising funds to help tackle the housing and homeless crisis.  Now in its 14th year, the campaign will run from Monday, 14th May until Sunday 20th May.

As part of the annual partnership between the RIAI and the Simon Communities, members of the public are encouraged to sign up for a one-hour consultation with an RIAI-registered architect in exchange for a donation of just €90.  All funds raised go directly to the Simon Communities of Ireland.

Since the initiative began over €700,000 has been raised nationally.  Last year alone generated €124,000 for the charity, which provides support services to over 11,000 people across Ireland who are experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity.

Registration for the week-long event is now open and home owners are encouraged to book a slot with an RIAI-registered architect in their local area by visiting www.simonopendoor.ie

Speaking at the launch, Kathryn Meghen, RIAI CEO said: “Last year, 191 RIAI-registered architects across the country completed 1,366 one-hour consultations and we would encourage as many architects as possible to again consider giving up their time to contribute their expertise for this worthy cause this year.  Building is complex and a consultation with an RIAI-registered architect is a great opportunity for homeowners to explore the most economic and appropriate options to meet their needs.  We’re urging interested members of the public to book early to avoid disappointment as the slots are expected to fill up quickly.”

Niamh Randall, National Spokesperson for the Simon Communities said: “Unfortunately, homelessness in Ireland remains a major challenge.  As of February 2018, figures showed that almost 10,000 men, women and children remain trapped in emergency accommodation and many thousands more are experiencing housing insecurity.  The RIAI Simon Open Door campaign is a wonderful initiative, which raises much needed funds for the Simon Communities of Ireland and supports our work in addressing the housing and homelessness crisis all around the country.  Partnerships like these make a real difference.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have supported us in the past and we hope that new supporters will get involved this year.”

RIAI-registered architects can pledge to donate an hour of their time by signing up at www.simonopendoor.ie/architects

Architects who have queries relating to registering their practice for the RIAI Simon Open Door campaign are asked to email Emma at egilleece@riai.ie 

Please feel free to spread the word about this event by using the hashtag #RIAIsimon


For media interviews, images or further information, please contact:
Grace Cooney, Drury| Porter Novelli – grace.cooney@drurypn.ie / 086 153 6886
Anna Kavanagh, Drury| Porter Novelli – anna.kavanagh@drurypn.ie / 087 692 9458 

Notes for the editor:
About the RIAI
Since 1839 the RIAI has been the professional body for architects working and practicing in Ireland.  The RIAI provides support and information services to its 3,100 members in all categories.  The RIAI engages with Government, the professions, with industry, clients and the public to promote the value of quality in architecture to deliver attractive and sustainable built environments, to enrich Ireland’s distinctive culture and heritage, to contribute to the Irish economy and to improve the quality of life for the people of Ireland for generations to come.

About Simon Communities
The Simon Communities in Ireland is a network of eight regionally based independent Simon Communities based in Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, the Midlands, the Mid West, the North West and the South East that share common values and ethos in tackling all forms of homelessness throughout Ireland, supported by a National Office. The Simon Communities have been providing services in Ireland for nearly 50 years.  The Simon Communities deliver support and service to over 11,000 individuals and families throughout Ireland who experience – or are at risk of – homelessness every year.

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