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A group of architects in York and North Yorkshire launched a scheme on Monday to enable homeowners to improve their home while also raising money for local charities.

Tuesday, 2nd February 2016, 2:23 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd February 2016, 3:24 pm
Architect in tHouse is based in RIBAs nationwide Architect in the House scheme, and matches homeowners with local RIBA chartered architects across York and North Yorkshire, while raising money for four local charities. (S)

Run by the York and North Yorkshire branches of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Architect in t’ House provides one-hour design consultations with RIBA chartered architects for a minimum donation of £45 to either Saint Michael’s Hospice, Arc Light, Dementia Forward or Martin House.

New research shows that nearly two-thirds of homeowners have lived in the same home for at least ten years, despite their lifestyles changing over that period. The organisers say that home improvements can be the best option to make sure homes fit owners’ changing needs, and Architect in t’ House helps them develop their ideas while raising money for charity.

James Mate, chair of the North Yorkshire Society of Architects, said “Following the success of the RIBA’s Architect in the House scheme, which has now finished, we thought it would be a great idea to set up our own Yorkshire version to raise money for local charities. The original scheme resulted in some fantastic projects and some very happy clients, with the added bonus of raising money for some very worthy causes. No matter what the size of the potential project, we hope members of the public will get involved and help us to raise as much money as we can.”

Homeowners can register directly with their chosen architect throughout February and March. Information about the 21 chartered architects currently taking part can be found at

Jeremy Jones, chief executive of Arc Light, said “Arc Light was designed by our Architects as a ‘Place of Change’ specifically to create spaces where residents are given the greatest opportunity to turn their lives around.

“Architect in t’ House is now offering homeowners a similar opportunity to achieve their dreams, whilst not forgetting those who are not yet fortunate enough to have somewhere they can call home.”