Working with an Architect
What is an Architect?
An architect is the one professional person registered to practice architecture under the laws of the State who is equipped by education, training and experience, to guide you through the design and construction of your building or renovation project.
The architect will consider your functional needs, your budget, the restrictions of your site, building codes, engineering principles, and construction technology to design a building for you that is beautiful, strong and functional. When it comes to designing and building, a licensed architect is the person who will give you the most for your time and money. This time in day people are choosing to renovate as opposed to buying a newer home. An Architect makes it worth putting your renovation into the hands of someone who is knowledgeable and creative- as well as looking out for your best interest and your pocket book.
An Architect Can Help
Maybe you represent an organization about to embark on a building or renovation project or a company that’s going to expand a facility, adapt an existing structure to a new use, or construct an entirely new building. Or maybe you want to build a new home or renovate an old one.
An architect can help. Use our online directory to find an AIA Architect who can help turn your vision into reality.
Architects Know Design
When you hire an architect for your renovation, you will benefit from the talent and expertise of someone who can get the most out of both your space and your budget. Your architect looks at your renovation with discerning eyes and can suggest design enhancements and materials options you might not even know existed. Architects are used to solving problems involving spatial issues and can make square footage work in ways you would’ve never thought of on your own. Placement of doors, windows and walls can make or break your room design and your professional architect will know how to make all these things work in unison to get you what you want. The larger and more expensive your project, the more important it is to have a professional in charge of making sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew in terms of what you expect from the final product.
Architects Know Responsibility
When the design is finished an architect’s job is far from over. They can help you find a contractor to perform the work and oversee the project while it is being done, making sure it is constructed with the materials specified and within the contracted budget. Securing any needed permits is another task they can take care of. They can also deal with any problems that may arise during construction, including zoning issues and supply shortages.
Why Hire an AIA Architect?
Hiring an architect for your residential or commercial design project could be the best decision you’ll ever make. But many people don’t know how or why architects make design work. At AIA’s How Design Works for You Web site you’ll learn how to work with an architect, as well as how to find the right architect for your project.
Visit howdesignworks.aia.org to find out more.