The Art of Mastering Architects

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Choosing the Right Architect The client-architect relationship is rather private, involving talks of your hobbies, your habits, your tastes, and even your most intimate 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. 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 Like most other professionals, architects get good portion of their business from the grapevine. Ask your relatives, friends and professional network for referrals. But don’t think you have to limit yourself within your community. In this day and age, it’s not surprising for an architect to work remotely on a project.
The Beginner’s Guide to Designs
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The Beginner’s Guide to Designs
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? A neighborhood fit? Making a bold statement? Ask other pros 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 well as a team is probably the most crucial ingredient of a successful project. The American Institute of Architects Professional organizations such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are a reliable source of names as well. Architects vs. Designers When you search for design help, you may meet people who bill themselves as architects or designers. Of course, 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. 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 check out some work samples? How do you intend to approach my project? How much must I pay you and how? How long will it take to finish this project, including design, permits and 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 can always create something great for your buck. Finally, a great architect may also cost you more than an average one, but he’s usually worth it.