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Success with your Architect

A sound working relationship with your architect will contribute significantly to the success of your project. Let’s look at a few tips on how to achieve this...

Familiarity with local planning laws

The architect needs to understand the local authority planning rules and regulations, so it often makes sense to choose an architect who is familiar with your locality or experienced a similar project.

Accreditation

Architects must be registered with The Architects Registration Board (ARB)

Previous projects and experience

It is always worth looking to see whether they have won architectural awards and what their background is, as well as their approval rate for submissions. If you are looking for a good eye for detail, the awards can make a difference to your final shortlist.

Make a shortlist

Source two or three architects to contact and find out whether they are available to do your project – sometimes architects are booked months in advance.

The first discussion is free

They should initially visit you for a free discussion – ideally this would be with the professional or team who would work on your home. It is also very important that you understand what you want before you talk to them.

Plan for success

When the architect is appointed, the first stage is the brief of the project, which will provide the basis for turning your aims into a deliverable project and give direction to the architect’s services. The time spent in preliminary discussions, covering your requirements, the budget, the timetable, and the nature and cost of the professional resources that you require, is time well spent.

Consider light

Another key feature in the development of the design proposal is a lighting/shading study. Light is one of the most important elements in architecture, and architects use it to make outstanding designs.