FAQ’s

We hope to cover some of the questions you may have. If you still have questions which have not been answered please get in touch info@askanarchitect-ni.com

How can I book?

  • Select an architect using our ‘find an architect‘ function.
  • Click ‘book a consultation’. This will bring you to an EventBrite booking page where you can make a minimum donation of £40 to secure your consultation.
  • When you make your booking the architect will be informed and will contact you to arrange the following:
    • an hour long slot during ‘ask an architect’ week (13th to 19th May 2017)
    • the location of the consultation (in the architect’s office/at your house/on site etc)
    • How you can get the most out of your consultation

      Each architect has offered a defined number of consultations. If the architect you wanted to talk to is sold out please contact info@askanarchitect-ni.com and we will see what is possible. Booking closes on 19th May 2017.

How can I get involved?

It’s very simple…

  • Everyone: Book an hour long, personal consultation with an architect – booking is now open and will close on the 19th May 2017.
  • Architects: Pledge at least one hour of your time during ‘ask an architect’ week (13th-19th May 2017). Sign up here.
  • Or simply make a donation or hold a fundraiser

How will my donation be spent?

Thanks to the generosity of ‘ask an architect’ donors and sponsors, 100% of funds raised will go to The Jill Todd Trust. In addressing one of the registered objectives of the Trust, funds raised will go to assist research, conducted in the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Belfast City Hospital, into finding a cure for cancer – via its affiliated charity – Friends of the Cancer Centre.

Thanks to…

  • Garage Door Systems
  • RTU
  • The Keystone Group
  • SelfBuild and Improve Your Home
  • Lanyon Communications
  • SORT Design
  • The Tomorrow Lab
  • The Right Words
  • Love your Home
  • Participating architects
  • YOU!

What can a professional architect do for me?

  • Help you achieve your aspirations and vision
  • Provide new creative solutions
  • Add value to your project through good design and sound construction
  • Guide you through the design and construction process
  • Give you peace of mind

What can I expect from the consultation?

General advice on any size of building project from a loft conversion to a new build, [domestic, commercial or civic], to include e.g.:

  • Information on building costs or construction techniques
  • Discussion on building materials likely to be used
  • Planning requirements or Planning Exempt Development.
  • The documents that will be used for planning; tenders; and building contracts
  • The potential pitfalls or opportunities that comes with a building project
  • Guidance on architect’s fees and services

What is ask an architect?

ask an architect (aaa) is a Northern Ireland wide fundraising event happening from Saturday 13th to Friday 19th of May 2017. Professional architects in every corner of Northern Ireland will be volunteering their time and expertise allowing you to book a consultation with an architect of your choice, in your locality, whilst raising funds for Jill Todd Trust. 100% of funds raised will go to assist research into finding a cure for cancer, conducted in the Cancer Centre of excellence at Belfast City Hospital via its affiliated charity the Friends of the Cancer Centre.

What is the Friends of the Cancer Centre?

Friends of the Cancer Centre has a long and proud history of helping local cancer patients across Northern Ireland over the last 30 years. Based at the heart of the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital, the charity funds life-saving and life-changing projects that make a real and lasting difference to the lives of thousands of local people affected by cancer and in the last year alone, Friends of the Cancer Centre has put nearly £1.8 million back into the Cancer Centre.

What is the Jill Todd Trust?

The Jill Todd Trust was established in commemoration of Jill Todd’s personable, active and talented life which was taken after a short but aggressive cancer-related illness. Jill was only 23 and the daughter of local architect Barrie Todd. The Jill Todd Trust is a charity registered with the Northern Ireland Charity Commission No: NIC102553

What is the minimum donation?

£40 is the minimum donation but you are welcome to donate more!

What should I bring to my consultation?

The architect you book with will contact you to agree when and where your consultation will take place. Your architect will let you know if it would be beneficial to bring anything along. Here are some examples of things that your architect might talk to you about

  • An Ordnance Survey ACE Map showing your property – This can be obtained from Land + Property Services, 7 Lanyon Place, Belfast BT1 3LP Or online at www.nidirect.gov.uk/OSNI
  • Photographs of the property and its surroundings
  • Dimensions of the existing property if you’re considering building and extension
  • Dimensions of a site if you’re considering a new build.
  • A list of accommodation that is required giving details such as number of occupants and the function of the particular rooms etc.
  • Images of similar properties that you admire.
  • An indication of your building cost budget.

When is ask an architect happening?

Booking is now live but consultations will take place in the week from Saturday 13th May 2017 to Friday 19th May 2017 inclusive. However, if this week really just doesn’t suit you, you can ask your architect for a consultation outside of this period.

Who are the organising bodies of ask an architect?

The Jill Todd Trust; PLACE – [The built environment centre]; The Royal Society of Ulster Architects and Friends of the Cancer Centre.

www.jilltoddtrust.com   www.placeni.org   www.rsua.org.uk   www.friendsofthecancercentre.com

Who should I contact if I have a question?

First of all read through these FAQs to see if your question is answered therein. If not please do contact PLACE –

  • by phone on: 028 9023 2524 or
  • by email at: info@askanarchitect-ni.com.

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