How to Hire an Architect

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 15 Oct, 2015
In a previous blog we wrote about if a architect is a useful hire, and who specifically may want to consider hiring an architect. You can read more about that here in our blog Should You Hire An Architect? Once you decide your project requires the skills of an architect, your next dilemma may be […] The post How to Hire an Architect appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
Once you decide your project requires the skills of an architect, your next dilemma may be “how” to hire one.
Architects usually have a degree from an accredited college, but they also must complete a certain number of intern hours under a licensed professional, as well as take a series of exams.
Ask family and friends first for referrals, and if you see a house you like you may even want to ask the homeowner if they used an architect.
Next, look to a reputable resource such as The American Institute of Architects for a list of architects.
Architects are usually generalists, yet some firms specialize in certain project types. Each project offers distinct different sets of challenges, and each architectural firm offers a blend of skills and experience.
The most successful architect and client relationships are born out of compatibility. Patience in taking time to select the right architect for you and your project will guarantee the project runs as smoothly as possible with the outcome as close as possible to your vision. Keep in mind you’ll spend a great amount of time working with your architect, and you want to enjoy the relationship.
Once you’ve compiled a list of potential architects for your project set up interviews.
Here are some questions to start with when interviewing your potential architect:
  • What is your design philosophy?
  • How do you plan to handle my project? What will you expect from me in order to insure my needs and goals are met?
  • What is your fee structure and how will you handle price adjustments if the scope of the project changes?
  • How will you make decisions about the project and how will you involve me in the decision making?
  • How will you explain the project to me as the project proceeds? Will you show me models or use other visual aids to make sure we are all clear that the project is accomplishing the vision we hope to achieve?
  • What is your process for designing and finishing the project?
  • What other projects are you currently working on (i.e. how busy is the architect, and will they have the time to devote to your project?)?
  • What are the services you provide, including what role and tasks you will be responsible for during construction?
  • How long do you expect the project will take?
  • Can you offer a list of past clients, as well as photos and drawings of your past projects?
Bottom line: As with anything it often comes down to a gut feeling, knowing if the architect is the right fit for you and your project.
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