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Time well spent in educating new clients

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'Architect in the House' resulted in 31 callers, 16 of whom we have now interviewed and from whom we collected £445 for Shelter.We will be soon be visiting the remaining 15 callers.

We have spent the equivalent of four days (in the past two weeks) meeting the 16 initial callers. This does not take into account the time spent putting together fee proposals for the work they intend to do. At present, we are waiting to hear from these callers as a result of the interviews conducted.

The greatest chunk of time was spent explaining what architects do and how they do it.

We speak passionately about architecture, light and space and we invite clients to our office to review work on similar projects.

They are given a list of previous clients to contact and visit. All of them express their amazement at the amount of work we do the process of creation.

We would like to know how much time has been spent, and how many clients have been met by other offices during 'Architect in the House'. This will shed light on how much effort small practices like ours expend in not only pursuing potential work and helping Shelter, but also promoting understanding of architects and architecture.

Antoine E Raffoul, Raffoul Darrer Architects, Chiswick

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