How To Choose An Architect

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How do you choose an architect?

Choosing the right architect is one of the most crucial decisions you’ll ever make because their abilities, and knowledge can make or break any project.

If you are currently searching for a residential architect, make sure you consider our top five tips when making your choice.


#1 Understand the value an architect brings

First and foremost, it’s worth reminding yourself why hiring an architect is worthwhile. 

An architect will contribute innumerable ways to your build, some of which include assisting you in navigating the frequently challenging planning and building regulations. 

The design an architect produces is likely to add value to your quality of life, sense of wellbeing, and emotional attachment to your home, in addition to having a positive impact on what is probably your greatest financial asset—your house. 

Understanding what an architect brings to the table will put you in good stead for fostering a positive, productive relationship.


#2 The Architects Location

Where is your architect based? Although it may seem obvious, this is frequently ignored. 

The accessibility of initial planning sessions and the frequency of site visits may well depend on your architect’s physical location. 

An architect who is personally involved is extremely helpful for coordinating contractors and handling issues as they come up.


#3 Local planning knowledge

Employing a local architect has advantages beyond simple site visits. 

They may be familiar with designing homes that adhere to particular building and planning requirements, recommend builders, and have dealt with and built relationships with local planners in the past. 

It will always be difficult to get approval for some projects, but it will definitely be helpful to hire an architect who has worked with the local planning authorities and is familiar with past approvals.


#4 Check accreditation’s

Verify an architect’s registration with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) before hiring them.  

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), which offers additional assurance, requires that members of its Chartered Practices be members of the ARB. This membership is mandatory. 

For any project, no matter how big or small, these procedures must all adhere to strict guidelines for insurance, safety, and quality management systems.


#5 Look for qualified testimonials

Finding someone recommended by people you know and trust is always the best option when hiring. 

You can ask anyone you know who has recently worked with an architect, such as members of your family, close friends, or neighbours, what their experience was like. 

You’ll have a clearer idea of what to look for after hearing about their experiences. Also an architect should be able to provide you with their own references, which you can (and should) follow up on. 

If you follow these five tips when you choose an architect, you’ll have a solid foundation on which to base your choice.


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