While Pretoria might be one of the older and more established urban areas in South Africa, local architecture firms have gone to great lengths to inject some flair and modernity into the region as developments boomed and the ask for new buildings has increased over the last few years.
With all its heritage and classic style, Pretoria is also home to some of the most stunning and innovative new designs to come from architecture firms in South Africa. That being said, for every great design, there are also a number of questionable erections, as is the case in every major city across the globe.
While design is certainly a subjective matter, there are some indicators on whether a partnership between a developer and architect will result in a masterpiece or a monstrosity. There is very little you can do if you are dissatisfied with the result upon completion, so selecting the right partner is of vital importance. Ask these five questions before you select your preferred partner from the current array of architecture firms in Pretoria to help ensure you are happy with the results:
1. How Collaborative Are They?
You would not be approaching architecture firms in Pretoria if you did not actually require their expertise, skills, and guidance to make your project come to life. However, this should not cut you and your opinion out of the equation. Find an architect that is willing to have conversations, advise you on changes, and is willing to compromise to find the best solution.
2. Do They Cultivate A Positive Work Environment?
Their agency culture will play a big role in the success of your project. An enjoyable working environment means better relationships and communication among their team members, which saves time and results in better quality work. It also makes it easier for you, the client, to engage with the team and be a true partner in this project.
3. Are They Happy to Share Their Portfolio?
If you want to be proud of your project, you need to work with a team that takes pride in their work. Look for a team that is keen to share examples of their work with you. Also, do not fall into the trap of seeing just one or two projects that they are willing to share. You want to know that they take pride in all the work they deliver.
4. Is Their Work Relevant to Your Project?
There are a number of good architecture firms in Pretoria, but that does not mean that each and every one of them can tackle your project. Commercial and residential developments differ greatly, as do the requirements of large developments and small-scale projects. Make sure the firm you choose has experience in the type of project you have in mind.
5. How Involved Are They Throughout the Lifetime of The Project?
Do they simply do a design and that is where it ends? Or are they involved during the execution and happy to engage with contractors to ensure the successful completion of the project?
If you are busy planning your next project, get in touch with the team at JK Designs. We are one of the most dynamic architecture firms in Pretoria with a great portfolio and a passion for what we do.