Selecting an architect is not unlike selecting a doctor, dentist or attorney. Friends and business acquaintances can be a key source of information. A reliable way to select an architect is to seek recommendations from people whose judgment you respect.
As you ask for recommendations, one or several architects may emerge as strong candidates for your project. Make appointments to interview the leading contenders after reviewing our 20 Questions to Ask an Architect. Visit their offices; you will pick up valuable information on each architect¯s approach to design. You can view photos of their work. You may also wish to visit some of their projects. At the project sites, talk to the owners, particularly if they were the architect¯s clients. Also, contact the references each architect has provided.
When you are viewing portfolios, photos or visiting projects, remember that your requirements are yours alone. Your needs and desires are different; and the resulting design solution will be as well.