Most Architects will readily admit that many people don’t understand what we do. Most people understand that Architects design buildings, but there is so much more that Architects can do. My typical client comes to me because a friend, family member or someone they know in the building industry told them they needed an Architect and recommended they talk to me. The conversation usually begins with a lot of questions about the process of working with an Architect and what exactly they need from me. These initial questions often lead to a conversation to determine if they need and Architect and/or if they want an architect to assist them with their project. The conversation generally leads to the following criteria . . . .
Residential projects don’t typically require an Architect by law so for these projects an Architect is optional. Some criteria that should definitely direct you to an Architect would be . . .
If, after reading the above criteria, you’re still not sure how or if you can benefit from working with an Architect, visit with one and talk with he/she about your project – decide for yourself! It will only cost you some time, and I am certain you will learn something valuable in the process.