The Client, The Design: Choosing an Architect…
The entire design process must be enjoyable, so a positive relationship with your chosen architect is needed for a successful project. Having the best rapport with your Architect allows him /her to give apt advice on the design approach to use.
Looking out for a TEAM player/team leader is an essential key to the success of the project. In building your ‘dream’ project, it involves a team comprising:
- The Owner
- The Builder (contractor)
- The Architect
- The Structural Engineer
- Mechanical Electrical Plumbing (MEP) Consultants: depending on the scope of the project
- The Interior designer
An Architect who is a team player and fosters a cooperative atmosphere is what you’re looking for.
COMMUNICATION is medium through which the design is birthed. The Architect must not only be ready to listen to your needs but have the ability to translate it into the design. The best firms over-communicate and answer questions you may have before you get the opportunity to ask. Ensure that the Architect you decide to engage handles you and your ‘dream’ project as the priority. Be sure to have a contact that will handle your needs throughout the project.
You would want to look out for a VERSATILE architect, versed in different architectural styles and scopes, who can recommend the best design. His/her versatility will translate into his/her ability to design to suit your needs that delights you as a client.
MANAGING BUDGET is critical in choosing ‘The Architect’. Though getting a design tailored-suit to you as a client is exciting, it has cost implications and marrying both can be quite challenging. The Architect must be able to explain to you from the onset the cost of a project composition (site, scope, structure, and specification). The Architect must be able to explain how these variables affect the design and budget.
Finally, you’ll want to consider an architect with a good REPUTATION. Check the history of the architect and get to know the architect you’re engaging. Ask questions and get references. Is his /her business built on integrity, excellent designing, and professionalism? All these attributes among others will serve as a checklist to sieve out an Architect just for you.
Always remember that you need to be comfortable with the Architect you engage: one that either speaks the same ‘language’ as you or can translate your ‘language’ to meet your demands.
‘Design is birthed out of the need to solve a problem and meet the need of a client.’