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Simon Open Door 2017


We are delighted to announce our participation in this year’s “Simon Open Door 2017”.

The Simon Communities of Ireland work with people who experience homelessness and housing exclusion in Ireland. Simon has a vision of society where no one is homeless. All people who are homeless, or at risk of facing homelessness, are given every opportunity to realise their potential to live fulfilled lives in appropriate homes of their own. Simon is recognised for providing innovative solutions to ending homelessness and for influencing government policy and public opinion.



This year will be the thirteenth year that the Simon Communities of Ireland has been in partnership with the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. Over the course of this wonderful partnership almost €600,000 has been raised for the Simon Communities of Ireland through the R.I.A.I. Simon Open Door initiative.

Anyone hoping to build, renovate or extend their home may be interested in this initiative. Isabel Barros Architects will offer an hour long consultation in return for a donation of €90 to charity. All of the money raised goes towards the work of the Simon Communities of Ireland.

A €90 donation will:

  • Provide accommodation and meals in a transitional house for 10 nights.
  • Help fund a home starter pack for those who are moving to independent living such as crockery, kettle, linen and basic household goods.
  • Help provide the Simon Communities rough sleeper team with 3 emergency packs for those sleeping on the streets.

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Happy Christmas 2016


Thank you for all your support in 2016.

We wish you a magical and creative Christmas, and peace, joy and prosperity throughout the coming year.



Please note our office will be closed for holidays from December 23rd to December 26th and from December 30th to January 2nd.

Have fun!




The Secret Guide to Deal with Architects – Take 10


Our 10th and last secret tip about how to deal with an Architect is about evaluating performance.

If you have just landed here do not miss our previous tips:


10. Provide Feedback

Good or bad! Your Architect wants to hear from you. Your Architect wants to know if you are happy with his/her services, how can he/she improve or if there is a better way to do things. Feedback is a powerful means of personal development. It may help your Architect to be more productive or to excel in his/her performance.

The secret guide to deal with architects take 10


Hot Tip:  Get into the habit of providing regular feedback at the end of each project stage. Make your feedback timely, specific, and frequent. The best feedback is a combination of praise, areas for improvement, and specific suggestions. But a single line of text may just be enough! (Our feedback survey is always accessible, if you don’t have the link for it just ask us.)


Start from Take 1 – Stages



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