Practical and Helpful Tips: Architects

How to Choose an Architect The client-architect relationship is rather private, involving talks of your hobbies, your habits, your tastes, and even your most intimate relationships. That’s why you want the choice to be right the first time. The pointers that follow will help you understand the personality, design philosophy and communication skills of your prospects. In the end, you want to find the architect who best suits your situation, your preferences and your budget. Referrals Like most other professionals, architects get good portion of their business from the grapevine. Ask your family, friends and colleagues for referrals. But don’t feel restricted to your community. In this information technology era, an architect can easily work remotely.
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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. For example, general contractors and interior designers can be good sources of architect referrals. A contractor and an architect who work perfectly together is probably the most critical requirement of a successful project. The American Institute of Architects The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and other organizations also make good sources of prospects. Architects vs. Designers When looking for design help, you may encounter people who call themselves architects or designers. Here’s the difference. Licensed architects usually have a degree from an accredited college or university, have done a few thousand intern hours under the supervision of a licensed professional, and have passed eight challenging 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 initial meeting must cost you zero, or look elsewhere. Ask questions. Can I take a look at some examples of your work? How do you intend to approach 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? Obviously, there are more questions than that, but the above should start you off 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 give you a great design to fit your buck. Finally, a great architect might be a bit more expensive than your average one, but definitely, he’ll be worth it.