Since its inception, ask an architect has raised more than £60,000 to support clinical trials and cancer research in Northern Ireland whilst promoting the important role architects play in society. ask an architect offers an excellent platform for architects to engage with the public about their work and the value that it delivers. If your practice has not participated in the scheme yet, please consider making 2022 the year to start.
The concept is simple. A chartered architect offers an hour-long consultation to a member of the public in return for a donation of £40 to charity.
Committing to the scheme in 2022
This year we are once again asking practices to commit to raising at least £120 for the charity. All donations go to the Friends of the Cancer Centre through its partnership with the Jill Todd Trust. Ideally, this will be achieved by securing at least three ask an architect bookings (at £40 per booking) but failing that by fundraising in some other way or by making a donation to make up any shortfall. The booking period will run from Tuesday 15th March to Friday 30 September and we are asking practices to offer at least three appointments. If you want to offer more just let us know.
In return for your commitment to ask an architect 2022 your practice will be:
- promoted on the ask an architect website (relaunching 7 March)
- permitted to use the ask an architect branding for promotional purposes
- ideally placed to benefit from the widespread publicity we are aiming to generate
Not just for domestic clients
As this is a public facing initiative there is often a presumption that it is only relevant to potential domestic clients. However, we believe that it can also provide a useful platform for engaging with the full breadth of clients to highlight the services that you offer. Often connections through commercial, community or public work will have other projects that they are considering in a work, personal or voluntary capacity.
If your practice did not participate in ask an architect in 2021 and you would like to register for 2022 please register online here. Practices confirmed by Monday 28 February will be guaranteed to be live on the ask an architect website in advance of our launch. Practices which confirm by then will also appear in the next edition of Perspective.
As a bonus sweetener, the first five practices to respond will get a practice profile on RSUA’s social media. As always, if you wish to update your key contact, or how your practice is described or provide more recent photographs, just let us know.
We want to enter as many relay teams as possible into the Belfast City Marathon in aid of ask an architect. It is being held this time round on Sunday 1 May 2022. If you would like to take part please contact Julia Leaker on email@example.com who will take details and process your application.