RIAI Launches Online Marketplace Platform for Architects

Top Quote New Platform Allows Easy Online Sourcing of Architects. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) October 12, 2011 - The Royal Institute of Architects Ireland (RIAI) today officially launched "Architect Connect" on its website, www.riai.ie. Architect Connect is a service for members of the public and property owners who are seeking architectural services. It provides an online platform to help them find a suitable architectural practice for their specific project.

    Architect Connect allows members of the public to submit their project requirements and receive proposals from a number of practices. Property owners can view photos and details of architects they are interested in hiring in order to help them choose the best architectural practice for their project. The cloud-based platform allows the membership of the RIAI to build an individual online profile of their practice and successful projects which they have completed.

    The service is enabled by MemberTender.com which has been successfully powering www.onlinetradesmen.ie (Ireland's largest network of accredited trade professionals) for the past six years. MemberTender.com is a cloud-based platform designed specifically to help trade associations and membership organisations offer value-add services to their members.

    "We are delighted to be able to offer a service that streamlines the manner in which members of the public engage with architects", comments Kathryn Meghen, Assistant Director RIAI. "We are providing our members with new opportunities to win business and facilitating property owners to find the architect that can best fulfil their project requirements."

    Discussing the partnership with the RIAI, Declan Feely, Membertender.com said: "This new platform will revolutionise the way that consumers source quotes for architectural projects and makes it easier than ever to review and select an architect for a project. It increases the visibility and profile of the architect and for the consumer it saves valuable time in sourcing an architect. We've been developing the system for over six years and it works extremely well for other professions so we're delighted that the RIAI has adopted it for their membership".

    About MemberTender.com
    MemberTender.com is a powerful solution providing benefits to both membership associations and their members. Having established a membership association, Onlinetradesmen.ie in 2005, the team at MemberTender.com has experienced many of the challenges that are unique to membership organisations and trade associations. These experiences have led to the development of MemberTender.com, an innovative solution which helps membership organisations to manage and engage with their members, to retain existing members and attract new members, to add new revenue streams and reach out to an even wider audience.

    MemberTender.com was launched in 2010. It is a cloud based service designed to integrate seamlessly with existing membership websites. The service is over 6 years in the making and we've used all our intimate knowledge of the membership sector, added the experience of our many trade partners, and used no small measure of innovation to create a powerful membership solution that delivers for both associations and their members.

    About RIAI
    The RIAI is the regulatory and support body for Architects in Ireland. Support services are also provided for Architectural Technologists.

    Since 1839 the RIAI has been committed to upholding the highest standards in architecture and providing impartial and authoritative advice and information in issues affecting architects, the built environment and society.

    Our main roles are:

    Promoting architecture
    Supporting architects and architectural technicians
    Regulating architects
    Protecting the consumer

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