Based on our experience, Architect in the Hoose is a fantastic opportunity. Even quite straightforward projects like ours can seem daunting and the architecture profession a little inaccessible to people, like us, who have never undertaken a project. This bridges the gap.Magnus Gardham, Architect in the Hoose Client, 2015
The “Architect in the Hoose” initiative gave us the courage to make the first contact with an architect to get the ball rolling. I think it’s a fabulous idea!Saskia Yates, Architect in the Hoose Client, 2015
We had a very interesting and productive meeting with Louise, who spent a good hour with us listening and working through possible options. It certainly gave us a lot to think about and helped us onto the path of what is possible technically as opposed to what we think might be possible. We learned that there can be a fair distance between the two!Architect in the Hoose Client, 2017
It really is a marvellous scheme and we are very grateful for it and your help prior to our appointment.
The ABS has helped my young daughter too – she says she feels like we have an angel of a fairy godmother watching over us.Michelle
The scheme is very simple and all contributions go to charity – architects across Scotland are offering hour-long consultations to the public in return for a £45 donation (a bargain!) to the Architects Benevolent Society (ABS). The ABS helps people of all ages who have experienced redundancy, illness, accident or bereavement. One in six of those cared for is under the age of 35, and half of those helped by the Society are below retirement age.
To participate, simply download the application form, fill it in and send it back to us and we’ll arrange a consultation with you.
If you're an architect, you can sign-up to the scheme by downloading the architect's form.
Following the finishing of Shelter’s excellent ‘Architect in the House’ scheme, the RIAS ‘Architect in the Hoose’ is a wonderful – and equally benevolent – replacement. We were matched with a client wishing to get some initial ideas for the refurbishment of a traditional cottage, which has turned into a great project with an enthusiastic client. This type of mutually beneficial scheme is great for small, new practices like us.Sam Foster, Sam Foster Architects
I just wanted to let you know that the Architect in the Hoose project that you put my way has now progressed to a commission up to Warrant stage. The survey has been carried out and I am progressing with designs. Without the RIAS scheme the clients possibly wouldn't have known about my practice therefore many thanks for providing me with this opportunity.Emma Printie-James Architect