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Choosing the Right Architect The client-architect relationship is pretty personal, involving discussions on your tastes, your hobbies and habits, and even your most intimate relationships. That’s why you want the choice to be right the first time. The tips that follow will help you check the personality, design principles and communication skills of your prospects. Eventually, you want to find the architect who’s best for your situation, budget and preferences. Referrals Like many other professionals, architects get a good portion of their business by word of mouth. 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 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? Getting noticed? Talk to professionals in a related field. General contractors and interior designers, for example, can be good resources for finding the a good architect. 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 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. 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 check out some work samples? How do you plan 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 Regardless of your budget size, be upfront from the very beginning. A great architect will give you a great design to fit your buck. Lastly, a great architect may be more expensive than your average one, but certainly, he’ll be worth it.