THE Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) is launching Architect in the Hoose to help homeowners and raise money for the Architects Benevolent Society (ABS).
The scheme is simple – architects register to offer free, hour-long consultations to the public, in return for a small donation of £25 for the ABS.
Actress Elaine C Smith has agreed to be the patron of the scheme. She said, “Architect in the Hoose is a great wee scheme for people who are considering giving their home a face-lift whilst making a positive contribution to a worthwhile charity. Architects across Scotland are giving up their time to help homeowners maximise their property’s potential and raise money for families in need of support. So why not give it a shot and sign up!”
The ABS cares for architects, assistants, technologists and landscape architects and their dependants, providing practical and financial help to people of all ages who have experienced redundancy, illness, accident or bereavement.
RIAS President Iain Connelly said, “Not so long ago a Scottish architect with a young family died suddenly. The ABS stepped in with financial support to give his wife the help she most needed in a dreadful situation. This is a great scheme and the perfect opportunity for homeowners to get good advice while helping a very worthwhile cause. Elaine C Smith is one of Scotland’s best loved stars, her support is a huge boost.”
Registration is now open and closes on Friday 17th October. Members of the public can download a registration form from www.rias.org.uk/architectinthehoose or contact Charlene Rankin in 0131 229 7545.