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What is Simon Open Door?

Simon Open Door is a partnership between the Simon Communities of Ireland and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI). Almost €600,000 has been raised for the Simon Communities of Ireland by Simon Open Door in the last fourteen years.


Anyone can sign up to Simon Open Door and in return for a €95 donation to the Simon Community, you will receive an hour long consultation a certified RIAI Architect at his/her office. You will receive advice on a range of issues relating to your home.

Since 2005, the Simon Open Door initiative has been a permanent fixture in the calendar of RIAI Architects who, open their offices and offer their time and expertise to members of the public. Every cent raised goes toward's the work of the Simon Communities of Ireland.

What can you expect from a consultation?

General advice on:

  • Architect's fees and services

  • Information on building costs including VAT.

  • Discussion on building materials likely to be used.

  • Planning requirements or Exempted Development from Planning.

  • The documents that will be used for planning, tenders and building contracts.

Other reads before your consultation:-

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