A Straightforward Guide to Selecting an Architect
The service of an architect is vital for the beginning of any home or building project. Aside from creating a functional and safe design solution for infrastructures, an architect adds great value to the property. Most people understand that they need to hire an architect to have the idea of a building completed.
What does an architect do?
An architect manages the entire design and construction process of a building. They often work with engineers and contractors to make the project come to life.
The architect will first study the site, analyse it and make a schematic design for rough prototyping. Once the initial design is approved, he will develop the design in detail, including the floor plans, roof design, and the exterior and interior specifications.
Check the architect’s credentials
Hiring an architect for a costly project is a necessary investment. Architects bring a unique distinction and professionalism to each project so the building will not be generic looking.
The first thing to look for when selecting an architect is their license. According to the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, any person who claims the title ‘architect’ and uses this recognition in public, must be registered with the Architect’s Board in his state. Each state in Australia has its own Architect’s Board, so be sure to check the license is valid before any contracts are exchanged.
An architect’s quality of work and design style is a product of his past experiences. Always ask the architect to see his portfolio. This will give you an idea if the architect can make the design you desire. A portfolio is a good indicator of how the architect will be able to carry out your ideas and goals based on his previous completed work.
Identify the Personality of the Architect
Constructing buildings often entails longer commitments. Hiring an architect that you get along with is highly recommended as you will be spending considerable amounts of time with them. You need to find someone who listens well and completely understands your vision.
Some architects welcome design suggestions from their clients; while others prefer to work alone and submit their proposals before consultations begin. Ask the architect how he will collaborate with you, so you can easily communicate your needs and input for the project.
Architect’s charges will vary, depending on a several factors. Most relate their pricing to their experience, reputation, and operation. Get free project quotes from Australia’s seasoned architects through our website to start your research.
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