Opening an architectural door for Simon Communities

PEOPLE in Limerick can avail of a consultation with an architect to make the best of their home - in return for a €50 donation to help the homeless.

PEOPLE in Limerick can avail of a consultation with an architect to make the best of their home - in return for a €50 donation to help the homeless.

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) have again teamed up with the Simon Communities of Ireland for the eighth annual ‘RIAI Simon Open Door weekend’.

People can log on to www.simonopendoor.ie to book a one-hour consultation with the local RIAI architect of their choice.

All architects give their time for free and every cent raised goes directly to the charity.

Over 4,000 people have taken part in the initiative and almost €300,000 has been raised to date.

This year, the Simon Open Door will take place over Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13.

One of the themes of this year’s campaign is maximising your space on a budget, and getting professional advice on how to make the most out of your home using the skills and abilities of architects.

David Leyden from Leyden Hassett & Associates is one of the participating architects in Limerick.

He said the weekend “allows us to meet local people and help provide practical solutions to their property problems. More importantly, the campaign allows architects and the people of Limerick to come together and make a difference to the lives of those who are experiencing homelessness.”

Other practices participating in Limerick are Declan Gilleece, Donoghue Corbett Architects and O’Connor + Shanahan Architects.