Ask An Architect and spark your imagination

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Ask an Architect returns for its fourth year and you can take advantage.  Chartered architects from right across Northern Ireland are taking part and supporting Friends of the Cancer Centre through its partnership with the Jill Todd Trust.

The concept couldn’t be simpler.  In return for a minimum donation of £40 you get an hour-long, no strings attached consultation with a chartered architect.  Your donation supports clinical trials and cancer research here in Northern Ireland.  Donating and booking is online at where you can choose your nearest architect, or one whose work you find particularly inspiring. 

The initiative has been growing steadily each year and reached £10,000 raised in 2018.   This year thanks to the kind sponsorship of Garage Door Systems and Keylite every penny raised goes directly to the Friends of the Cancer Centre. 

Ask an Architect is for everyone thinking about a building project.  Perhaps you’re considering how to maximise your existing space, or you could be thinking about designing a new home.  When you book your appointment your architect will contact you before the meeting so you get the most out of it.  You can meet on-site or in the practice – it’s entirely up to you. Ask an Architect isn’t just for home improvements, though.  You can Ask an Architect if you’re a client assessing a site or looking for advice on planning/development constraints.  Ask an Architect can help at any point in your project, whether that’s at the conceptual stage or the last moments of problem-solving. 

Ciarán Fox, Director of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects, explained:

“You’ll maybe never know what’s possible until you ask an architect.  It can be hard to know where to start with home improvement projects and regardless of the scale of your ambitions a friendly local architect is here to help.  Through a no-strings-attached consultation you’ll get professional advice and support a fantastic local cancer charity.”

Ana Wilkinson, corporate fundraising manager at Friends of the Cancer Centre said,

“Now in its 4th year, Ask an Architect has gone from strength to strength and Friends of the Cancer Centre is delighted to have the continued support of The Jill Todd Trust and the RSUA through this initiative.  By working together in this way, we are raising money to fund vital local research and awareness, helping support families in Northern Ireland affected by cancer.”

People right across Northern Ireland have seen their projects benefit from Ask an Architect over the past four years.  Why don’t you let Ask an Architect spark your imagination in 2019?  It could just be the start of something very special indeed.

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