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How to Choose an Architect The client-architect relationship is pretty personal, involving discussions on your tastes, your hobbies and habits, and even your most intimate relationships. Therefore, you’ll want your choice to be perfect. 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 Just like other professionals, architects get a good chunk of their business through the grapevine. Ask friends, relatives and coworkers for referrals. But don’t think you have to limit yourself within your 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 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 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and other organizations also make good sources of prospects. Architects vs. Designers As you look for design help, you may encounter people who refer to themselves as 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. Designers, on the other hand, have experience consisting of a drafting class at a city college — or they can actually hold a master’s in architecture from Harvard and have 40 years of experience as a principal at one of the most prominent architectural firms in the country, but just didn’t get their license. Initial Consultation After finding one or two seemingly good prospects, interview them. This initial meeting must cost you zero, or look elsewhere. Ask a lot of 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 can always create something great for your buck. Finally, a great architect might be a bit more expensive than your average one, but definitely, he’ll be worth it.