November 2020 . Advice

How To Choose An Architect

November 2020 . Advice

How To Choose An Architect

ZMA explain why it is vital to meet potential architects in order for them to understand you, your project and your priorities.

We have been approached by potential clients in many ways including word of mouth, recommendations from past clients or builders, Google search, and the RIBA Find an Architect service.

Selecting the right architect for your project

It is important that you meet your architect prior to making your selection, rather than making your decision based on costs only.

You will work with your architect for a number of months, sometimes over 12 months from the design phase until the end of the construction, and some clients will continue working with their architect for years building a working relationship to use on all of their future projects. It is therefore important that you feel you will be able to work together for a long period of time.

You need to like your architect, as you will welcome them into your life, home or business and you need to be on the same page. Your architect needs to understand you, your family or business, the way you want to use your building and what you want to achieve. They need to consider your taste, your likes and dislikes, and your priorities and you need to feel that you can ask questions if you are unsure or if you do not understand.

You will get the best out of working with an architect if you are open-minded, allow them to guide you, take their advice and you are both patient with each other.

If you are choosing your architect from a shortlist, then have a look at their previous designs. Do you like their style? Do they create the wow-factor? Were they enthusiastic about your project? When evaluating multiple fee proposals, check if they are a true comparison of services. Make sure you understand the whole process with regards to what is and what is not included. Remember, it isn’t always about choosing the cheapest quotation, as you get what you pay for.

If you haven’t found an architect through a friend, family or colleague recommendation, then view their testimonials, ask to speak to their previous clients, or see some of their drawings or portfolio. So, meet the architect, ask them questions, make sure you like them, and they understand you and your requirements.

If you have a project in mind, contact a member of our team for a free consultation to discuss how to begin your dream project.