8 tips to help in choosing the right architect
Choosing the right architect is one of the most vital parts of any project, but it can also be difficult because there are many different preferences when it comes to design. Therefore, your goal needs to be to remain focused on finding one that will mesh with your project. Here are eight tips that will help you find the perfect fit, so the end result is something you can both be proud of.
Grab a Handful of Quotes – The first thing you should do is gather quotes from all of the architects that you would consider for the project. This will help you thin out your list so you can seriously start to judge the top candidates.
Ask to See Previous Work – Ask to see a portfolio or ask for addresses of buildings that the firm has designed if any are local. The best way to judge if an architect will fit your style is to see what they have already created and decide for yourself.
Talk to Past Clients – You also might want to take some time to talk to their past clients while you are at it, to get a real feel for the architect firm. You can ask if they were responsive, stayed on budget, kept to the deadline, and any other pertinent questions that the firm may have skirted around!
Tour the Office – While you are interviewing potential architects, take a minute to look around their office and look for some examples of what they can do. You would expect them to incorporate their design aesthetic and creativity into their own space, so if it is missing that should be a ‘tell’.
Interview Entire Team – Instead of just interviewing the senior partner, or the person in charge of interviews, ask to interview the entire team that will be working on your project. This will give you a clear picture of the minds that will really be working on your project.
Ask for a Design Challenge – If you have a large enough budget, this can be a great way to see how a firm creatively rises to the challenge when you give them one. It also shows you what they are capable of producing on deadline.
Find Out About Other Projects in the Works – Finally, you should ask about other projects that a firm is working on, keeping in mind their scale so you can determine if they have the time and dedication required for yours.