6 Things to Consider When Choosing the Perfect Architect

Choosing the right architect for your project – and for you – is a challenging task. Not only is it a highly personal decision that carries a lot of weight, but it is further complicated by the wide variety of architects available. The industry is a highly competitive one, and architects really have to pull out the stops to be noticed among the crowd. 

So, with so many talented professionals out there, all vying for your attention, how do you go about choosing the perfect one for you? We take a closer look at some of the vital requirements to consider that would all form part of the ideal architect:

1. The Ability to Listen

There is a very good reason why this is the first requirement listed. You require someone to bring your vision to life – one that you will have to live with long after the architectural firm has moved on to their next project. You should find someone who listens to your needs, budget, and preferences and works with you to create the best solution.

2. The Ability to Communicate Well

Communication is as important as listening. They should be able to discuss challenges and solutions with you in order to manage your expectations and meet your requirements. They should also be able to brief contractors clearly in order to turn this vision into reality.

3. Timeliness

Construction projects are notorious for running over deadlines. One way to avoid this is to make sure that the architect sets realistic dates for certain milestones. It is very telling when architects are tardy with meetings or smaller deliverables along the way. This should raise an alarm.

4. Willingness to Review Plans With the Client as Well As the Contractor/s

Ultimately, your approval is the final word. When appointing a firm, it is important to note how the sign-off process for the design works. Will they review the plans with you in detail? How often? And are they willing to accept feedback and work on possible solutions?

5. Ability and Willingness to be Involved and See the Project Through to Completion

Also confirm what their level of involvement throughout the duration of the entire project will be. Are they willing to do regular site visits? Will they confirm that the project is staying true to the final plans? What is their process for handing over the project and signing off on it? They are the professionals who should be providing guidance and clarity where necessary.

6. A Passion to Challenge the Norm

Architecture should not bore you. Innovative thinking and a desire to challenge the mundane should always be top of mind for a passionate architect. This type of thinking is what leads to both inspiring designs and functional solutions, wrapped in a seamless package.

If you are looking for an exciting and reliable firm that can deliver on the above requirements, look no further than JK Designs. Contact us today to discuss your project with us. We will gladly engage with you to bring your vision to reality.

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