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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. Therefore, you’ll want your choice to be perfect. 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. 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? Being bold? Talk to 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 Professional organizations such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are also good providers 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. Designers are those whose experience may include a drafting class at a city college — or they might actually hold a master’s in architecture from Harvard and have more than three decades 35 years of experience as a principal at a high-profile architectural firm, except they didn’t get their license for whatever 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 questions. Do you have work samples I can see? How do you plan to approach my project? How much do 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 Regardless of your budget size, be upfront from the very beginning. 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.