Working with an architect can save time and money while making your new environment more functional, comfortable, and sustainable.
Whether you have extensive experience with design and construction or are coming to both for the first time, it can be helpful to ask yourself a few questions before interviewing prospective architects.
Every architecture firm brings its own combination of skills, expertise, interests, and values to its projects. The challenge is to find the one that aligns most closely with your project’s needs.
From design serves to project administration, architects can perform several services depending on what your project may require.
The formal agreement between you and your architect is an opportunity to ensure that you both envision the same project, requirements, and expectations.
The fee an architect receives depends on the types and levels of services provided.
Successful projects are invariably the result of effective management by both client and architect.
The American Institute of Architects, founded in 1857, is the professional organization for 80,000 licensed architects and associated professionals. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., and state and local chapters worldwide, the AIA helps to build public awareness of architecture and supports the practice of architecture.
In addition to meeting professional standards for licensure to practice architecture, AIA members adhere to the AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, assuring clients, the public, and colleagues of their dedication to high standards of professional practice. AIA members must also fulfill annual continuing education requirements to maintain their professional standing and to stay current in the profession.
The AIA has also created a number of documents that will greatly facilitate your arrangements with your architect. These standard forms of agreement, first developed in the 1880s, have been carefully reviewed, court-tested, and modified over many years. Widely accepted by the construction industry, they present a current consensus among organizations representing owners, lawyers, contractors, engineers, and architects.
The scope of services offered in the AIA documents range from the typical to customized applications. You may choose from a variety of formats that come prepackaged or à la carte. This approach gives you the flexibility to customize the scope of services that meet your particular needs.
With the help of this guide and AIA Contract Documents, you will be on your way to a successful relationship with your architect in no time.