Choosing the Right Architect for Your Project.

The success of any real estate project is dependent on the selection of the right architect for the job. Not only is the architect primarily responsible for the conceptual stages of the development, but is also concerned with the design and eventual planning of the build. He/she will be instrumental throughout, as an architect is uniquely equipped with both creative prowess and knowledge of relevant codes and practises for the completion of the development.

An architect’s role, in short, is to take a list of requirements and parameters from their client and turn them first into a concept, then a proper plan, and finally into an actual construction. The ability to complete this process is developed through full accredited training at a college or university, most likely followed by internship with an experienced architecture company where they will acquire relevant experience in a more hands-on role. Extensive training for architects is especially important because their work can have a direct impact on the safety of the public.

Architects normally specialize in a specific field within architecture, such as landscape design, urban planning, housing, interior design or engineering (amongst others). These specializations exist because of the huge variety of industries that require their services- all of which have unique requirements of their architects who in turn must have very specific skill sets.

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The Public Officials’ Guide to Hiring Architects

Architectural design projects for governmental agencies often have one thing in common: the persons in charge of selecting the architect are not completely familiar with the architectural design process.

Selection of an architect can be a long and complicated process and it can be an unhappy and unnecessarily expensive experience if the client and the architect are not a good match.

Ask the architects you are considering hiring these five questions and allow their answers to guide you toward making the right choice for your project.

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