The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and the Simon Community are asking people to sign up to the 15th annual RIAI Simon Open Door campaign.

For a €95 donation, they will get an hour-long consultation with an RIAI-registered architect. They can use this hour to talk about a home build, rebuild or renovation.

All funds raised then go straight to the Simon Community as part of their work in the homeless crisis.

CEO of the RIAI Kathryn Meghen, RIAI CEO said: “Architects design houses that build lives and sustain communities. We would like to thank all our RIAI-registered architects who get involved every year in this great cause to support the Simon Community in assisting people move out of homelessness and on their journey home. Building is complex, and this event allows RIAI registered architects to give homeowners some much sought after advice and explore the building options available to them. We are encouraging people to book early to avoid disappointment though as the slots tend to fill up quickly.”

The good news is that there are still some free slots here in Donegal - for now, at least.

RIAI Simon Open Door runs from May 11 to May 19. Due to high demand in past years, it will run for nine days and take in two weekends. This gives a lot more chance to find a time that suits.

One of the country’s best-known architects, Dermot Bannon, launched the campaign. He called on his fellow architects to take part and raise funds to help tackle this crisis.

Last year’s event was the most successful to date. Architects from across Ireland held at total to of 1,820 consultations to discuss renovations, builds, rebuilds and new homes. They raised a sum of €163,800.

Indeed, sights are now set on a grand total of €1m raised over the 15 years of the RIAI Simon Open Door.


The RIAI and the Simon Community are therefore calling on more on people to take part this year.

Anyone who would like to take part need to book a slot with an RIAI architect in their area. They can do so by going to

Paul Sheehan from the Simon Community said: “Unfortunately, in Ireland, homelessness continues to be a challenge with almost 10,000 men, women and children in emergency accommodation and many thousands more experiencing housing insecurity.

“RIAI Simon Open door is a unique fundraising opportunity which raises much needed funds for the Simon Community to address the housing and homelessness crisis around the country. We are delighted the RIAI are partnering with us for this great initiative again this year. Since RIAI Simon Open Door began in 2005, over €850,000 has been raised and we are really hoping that we reach the grand total of €1m this year.”


RIAI architects can pledge an hour of their time at

Architects who would like to know more about how to take part can email Emma at [email protected]

People are asked to help spread the word through #RIAIsimon

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