What I Can Teach You About Architecture

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. Hence, you want your 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. Eventually, you want to find the architect who’s best for your situation, budget and 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 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? Getting noticed? Talk to professionals 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 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 you search for design help, you may meet people who bill themselves as architects or designers. Certainly, 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 The moment you’ve found one good prospect or two, it’s time to interview them. This first meeting must cost you nothing, or go find another candidate. Ask questions. Can I take a look at some examples of your work? How do you intend to approach my project? How much must I pay you and how? How long to completion are we looking at, from design to building permits to construction? Clearly, there are more questions to ask, but the above can be your starting point. 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. Finally, a great architect may also cost you more than an average one, but he’s usually worth it.