How to Choose an Architect The client-architect relationship is rather delicate, involving meetings about your habits and hobbies, your preferences, and even your most private relationships. That’s why you want the choice to be right the first time. The tips that follow will help you check the personality, design principles and communication skills of your prospects. At the end of the day, you want to find the architect who’s just right for your budget, your situation and your preferences. Referrals Like most other professionals, architects get good portion of their business from the grapevine. Ask your relatives, friends and professional network for referrals. However, don’t feel limited to your own community. In this generation of email and Skype, architects are known to work remotely on a project.
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An architect’s profile or website must provide complete information on their previous projects, as well as give you a vibe for the principles that govern their design practice. Sustainability? A neighborhood fit? Making a bold statement? Ask other professionals in a related field. General contractors and interior designers, for example, can be good resources for finding the a good architect. A contractor and an architect who work perfectly as a team is probably the single most important requirement of a successful project. The American Institute of Architects Professional organizations such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are a reliable source of names as well. Architects vs. Designers As you look for design help, you may encounter people who refer to themselves as architects or designers. Of course, there’s a difference. Licensed architects are degree holders from an accredited university or college, have thousands of intern hours under guidance of a licensed professional, and have passed a series of eight rigorous exams. On the other hand, designers are those whose experience may consist of a drafting class at a city college — or they may even hold a master’s in architecture from Harvard with decades of experience as a principal at one of the biggest firms in the country, except they didn’t get their license for some reason. Initial Consultation As soon as you’ve found a good prospect or two, interview them. This first meeting must cost you nothing, or go find another candidate. Ask a lot of questions. Can I take a look at some examples of your work? What is your approach to my project? How much should I pay you and how? How long to completion are we looking at, from design to building permits to construction? There are more questions to ask obviously, but the above can get you started on the right foot. Budget No matter the size of your budget, what’s important is, be upfront from the start. A great architect will be able to come up with a great design that matches your buck. Lastly, a great architect may be more expensive than your average one, but certainly, he’ll be worth it.