Hundreds of architects have been lined up to give one-off consultations to businesses on their office designs under a new 'Architect in the Office' initiative taking place during Architecture Week.
The architects plan to top the £75,000 which was raised for homelessness charity Shelter during a similar initiative, 'Architect in the House', last year.
This year, for the first time, businesses can receive an informal consultation from a qualified architect in return for a £50 donation to the charity. Any business can take part by telephoning the Architect in the Office hotline on 020 7307 3799.
Typical problems which the architects expect to help solve include how to adapt limited space to expand an existing company, how to improve working conditions for employees and how to maximise the energy efficiency of offices.
RIBA president Marco Goldschmied has thrown his weight behind the initiative and said: 'Architect in the Office offers huge potential for architects and businesses alike. As well as demonstrating the fact that architects have unparalleled expertise in the evolving area of office design, the scheme will raise much needed money for Shelter.'
'Architect in the House' is also running this year, with homeowners handed the opportunity to spend an hour with architects in return for a £15 donation to Shelter.
Architecture Week is being run in collaboration with the Arts Council.