Ask an Architect
9 May 2018

Ask an architect 2018


Have you been dreaming of extending your home but finding it hard to visualise the end goal? Ask an Architect might just be the answer.

Up until the 20th May, Ask an Architect allows you to have a 1-hour consultation with an architect for a donation of £40 to The Jill Todd Trust and Friends of the Cancer Centre.

About Ask an Architect

Ask an architect and make a difference

Are you expanding your home or business? Or negotiating planning for a new building project? Ask an architect…. and make a difference to the Friends of the Cancer Centre.

More than fifty practices are volunteering their time and skills to support local cancer research. Chartered architects have been holding coffee mornings, running marathons – and meeting new clients across Northern Ireland.

The initiative was devised by Belfast-based architect Barrie Todd, who along with his wife Trish, founded the Jill Todd Trust in memory of their late daughter. Barrie says of the initiative:

“We wanted to raise funds and use our skills in a way that would benefit everybody. That’s how ‘ask an architect’ came about: Members of the public receive architectural advice; architects meet new potential clients, and the Friends of the Cancer Centre, who do amazing work locally to support those affected by cancer, benefit from all funds raised.”

Until the 20th of May, you can book a consultation with a chartered architect in exchange for a £40 donation – all proceeds go directly to the Friends of the Cancer Centre. Ana Wilkinson, Corporate Fundraising Manager at the Friends of the Cancer Centre, said:

“Thanks to the donations we receive through ‘ask an architect’, we are able to fund life-saving and life-changing projects which make a real and meaningful difference to the lives of thousands of cancer patients and their families. Every single penny donated will make a huge difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.”

Architects help you find the best way to transform your space, whether it’s building something new or transforming what you have. They can advise on which materials to use, how to see your project through planning and suggest the right builder to do the job. You can find all the chartered architects taking part, and book your consultation, at Ciarán Fox, Director of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA), said:

“The RSUA are delighted to support this innovative fundraising initiative for the third year. Chartered architects add value to building projects by bringing their experience and skill to projects big and small. All the architects taking part in ‘ask an architect’ are RSUA members and they are spread throughout Northern Ireland – people booking consultations will be able to find an architect close to them to solve whatever design challenge they have, from new builds to extensions to renovations.

Who your donation will help

The Jill Todd Cancer Trust

The Jill Todd Trust was established in 2011 by local architect, Barrie Todd and his wife Trish in commemoration of their late daughter Jill, who at the age of 23 tragically had her very active, talented and personable life taken by cancer. One of the main accredited objectives of the Trust is to raise funds to assist medical research to find a cure for cancer. ‘ask an architect’ was devised by Trish and Barrie as an effective means of raising funds to support cancer research in Northern Ireland.

Friends of the Cancer Centre

Friends of the Cancer Centre, based at the heart of the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital, is one of Northern Ireland’s leading cancer charities.  A compact, highly effective team, the charity’s work focuses on three key areas – clinical care, patient comforts, and research – with each making a direct and positive impact on the lives of thousands of local people affected by cancer.  All money raised through ‘ask an architect’ will support locally led cancer research, through the charity’s partnership with the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) at Queen’s University, Belfast.  Over the last three years, Friends of the Cancer Centre has invested nearly £1 million in research, enabling specialist staff to be recruited in the labs to develop clinical trials benefitting local patients. Thanks to the support of the charity, Northern Ireland has become a world leader in cancer research.

Find out more about being involved in this year’s Ask an Architect via the following link.

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