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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.

You can sign up for an appointment with Isabel Barros Architects by logging in at www.simonopendoor.ie.

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The Simon Door is Open

This year will be the 7th year that Isabel gives her time for free to the Simon Communities of Ireland.

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.

The annual Simon Open Door event takes place over Saturday and Sunday, 14th and 15th May 2016. Members of the public can now book a consultation with a RIAI Registered Architect by signing up at www.simonopendoor.ie. The donation of €70.00 will go directly to the Simon Community of Ireland as all Architects are giving their time and expertise for free.

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Monies raised through the Simon Open Door campaign will go directly to assist some of the most vulnerable people in our society, those without a place to call home.

You can sign up for an appointment with Isabel Barros Architects directly here, or with other registered Architects at www.simonopendoor.iePlease note that consultations with Isabel will take place on Saturday 28th May.

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What Really Happened During Simon Open Door Weekend

 

Isabel Barros recently contributed to the Simon Open Door initiative. During the weekend Isabel gave up her time for free in return for a €55 donation to the Simon Communities of Ireland.

This was the 6th year Isabel participated offering their time and expertise to the members of the public for free. During these 6 years Isabel has raised €1,385 and this goes directly to the Simon Communities or Ireland to provide accommodation for people experiencing homelessness. In total, all RIAI participating Architects have raised over €80,000 this year!

The participants came prepared with photos, drawings, maps and measurements. Two of them thought they had plans at scale but they didn’t (a very important detail!). Luckily they had measurements with them and Isabel was able to quickly sketch a plan at scale. One participant only had measurements in feet/inches, Isabel had to convert this to meters which wasted some time of the consultation.

Most of the consultations involved an extension to an existing house. A reconfiguration of the existing layout was required in nearly all cases. Isabel provided advice and produced some ideas to solve the problems.

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Two participants had quite complex briefs that were difficult to resolve in only one hour. But all participants took home at least one sketch option that could be explored to make their brief work.

Some of the participants also asked for advice about interior finishes and decoration. One participant also wanted the house to have a different look outside, with a more contemporary feel.

Two of the projects involved a construction by stages to accommodate available funds. Isabel highlighted how these stages could work and the best sequence to carry out the works.

Our survey indicates that all participants valued the time Isabel spent with them.
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The Simon Open Door Architects provide their time for free and do not expect new commissions from these consultations. However, 4 of the participants requested a formal fee proposal to oversee their project and some may result in fantastic collaborative work with Isabel Barros Architects.

One hour was hardly enough to complete most of the consultations, there was no time to showcase projects or promote services, there were no breaks and Isabel was exhausted by the end of the weekend!

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This initiative happens every year in May and it is a partnership between the Simon Communities of Ireland and the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.

We wish to thank all participants for their donations.

 

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