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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 advice that follows will help you look into the character, design approach and communication skills of your candidates. 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 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.
Learning The “Secrets” of Experts
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Learning The “Secrets” of Experts
An architect’s profile or website must be rich with information on their past work and give you a vibe for what they hold important in their design practice. Sustainability? Blending into the neighborhood? Making a bold statement? Ask other pros in a related field. For instance, general contractors and interior designers can be great sources of referrals. 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 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 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 The moment you’ve found one good prospect or two, it’s time to interview them. This initial meeting must cost you zero, or look elsewhere. Ask questions. Can I check out some work samples? How do you plan to approach my project? How much must I pay you and how? How long will the project take, including design, building permits and construction? Clearly, there are more questions to ask, but the above can be your starting point. Budget No matter how much you plan to spend, be upfront from the get go. A great architect will be able to come up with a great design that matches your buck. Finally, a great architect may also cost you more than an average one, but he’s usually worth it.