Top 5 Things to Look For in an Architect


            When looking for an architect, there are many things to consider in order to find the right one for the job. The field of architecture is an increasingly competitive one. To keep up with today’s competitive world, architects need to find ways to stand out above the crowd and keep people coming back to them for their business. As a client, you want to hire a personable architect who is going to work closely with you to deliver a finished product that meets all your expectations. You want them to build a relationship with you that lasts, and perhaps enlist them for future projects. It is always good to work with someone you trust, and business relationships should be mutually beneficial for both parties. During your search for an architect, it’s important to consider that not all architects are created equal. Here are 5 attributes that you should look for to determine a quality architect.

  1. Good Listening Skills

            One thing to look for when searching for an architect is someone who genuinely listens to you. When they are working with you, you want to know that they are interested in what you have to say and are giving their undivided attention. They should acknowledge what you say when discussing plans and expectations. An architect should want the experience to be personal and fun for the client, this will keep you coming back to them for future projects and build their reputation as a great person to work with.


  1. Willing to Work with an Experienced Contractor Early

            The preliminary stage for building is one of the most important steps in the process. This requires proper planning from the architect and the contractor. As important as it is for a customer to choose the right architect, it can be just as important that you and your architect find the right contractor for the job. Look for someone who acts professionally and is committed to reviewing the plans with you early. The contractor will help develop a budget early on so you can have a clear idea of the cost.


  1. Reviews Plan with Client and Contractor

            A good architect will always have a well thought-out plan for their assigned project. Don’t let your hired architect keep you in the dark about anything. The contractor and architect should review the initial schematic plans with you and then again at 30%, 60% and 90% stages of completion. This will help you stay on top of the budget, as well as give you insight about the budget and schedule.


  1. Good Communication Skills

            Effective communication is another skill that people look for in an architect and contractor. Being engaging and friendly is important in order to create a personal experience for the client. Also, it is vital that an architect produces a clear, realistic plan that works for the client and the contractor. Make sure they update you with information as they receive it, and be ready to discuss the site’s progression at any time throughout the building process. Stay in frequent contact with the contractor and architect in charge of the building and always be on top of the stages of developmentbv. The architect has a team and should communicate with them to ensure that they are all on the same page. Development of plans and building is a process which may take several months or more – so good communication is vital to a successful project.


  1. Timeliness

When developing a plan, review with your architect and contractor to make sure all the due dates can be achieved realistically. If they say something is supposed to be done at a certain time, you should absolutely expect to have it completed. If anything, a good architect will be preemptive and try to get their tasks done early. Clients are pleased when development is on time but they will love it when they are delivered a finished product ahead of schedule. Communicating effectively with the team is essential in order for architects and contractors to get things done on time, so work with them to promote a cohesive work environment.


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