Architecture by nature is a service-based profession. Architects essentially provide a package that includes designs, administrative work, planning and construction services. Whether building a home or renovating, an architect plays a major role in it. They are deemed to be your confidant throughout the length of the project.
Many people rush into selecting an architect without fully giving it a thought and end up being disappointed. Below are a few points that you must consider while choosing an architect for your project.
- Scouting out architects
You can ask for suggestions and recommendations from your relatives and friends. Highly skilled architects usually have a large customer base and word of mouth is considered to be the most reliable source.
You can also make an online search for the best architects in your city/state and visit their website. This will enable you to gather some information regarding their style of work and the services they provide.
- Qualification and rating
Checking on qualifications of the architect is extremely essential in selecting the right architect. They need to be registered under the Architects Act. Your architect must be certified with the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) or the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Being members of various associations and having license from recognized institutions ensures that the architect maintains the standards and regulations to create safe building structures.
- Work Approach
Each architect has a different approach to the same project. Therefore, it is mandatory that the architect you select has an approach that resonates with your idea. You must always speak to them directly, show the area to be renovated and ask for their ideas and opinions. You must also make sure the architect tries to include/ improvise on your ideas as well.
The architect must also present a personalized approach, as every client has different needs and requirements. Do not go for the architects that have a pre- determined way of working.
- View previous work
Experience is one of the most important factors to look into while selecting an architect. Take a tour of their previous work. Look for similarities in design, material motifs, quality of design, etc. that would give you a fair idea of how their finished products turn out be. You must also visit their office, if a firm, and see if their style matches with your taste.
It is of utmost significance that your ask your architect for the contact details of not only their previous clients but also of the contractors they have worked with. Their feedback will give you a clear picture of the type of person/ firm you are dealing with. It will also tell you about their problem-solving skills and commitment towards work.
Choosing the right architect for your project is a crucial decision. As they are responsible for several tasks from the beginning to the end, design to construction, it is essential that you have a comfortable relationship with the architect, so as to communicate your needs to them. With the help of a good architect you will be able realize your dream.