At some point, most of us will call upon the services of an architect. Whether we want a new conservatory, or we’re building our own home, architects are essential. But there can often be a breakdown in communication between architects and their clients. And there can be a misunderstanding of what the role of the architect actually is. Here are some of the things architects want you to know about how they work.
They Want You To Be An Active Participant
Like most business relationships, your relationship with the architect is a two-way street. It is, of course, up to the architect to make sure that the building complies with regulations and is fit for purpose. But it’s your responsibility to clearly communicate your expectations and your budget. It is only with these things in mind that the architect can produce a design that fits the bill.
Nils Finne sed to work at the American Institute of Architects in Seattle. He ran seminars on how to work with and select great architects. In those seminars, he emphasized the qualities that the clients themselves should have to get the most out of their experience. He said they need to be decisive, flexible and honest. Only then could architects get on the with the job of delivering the project.
They Can Manage Your Project From Start To Finish
Many people planning big home renovations often wonder where exactly they should begin. Knowing how to start can be a problem. But this is where architects can help. Architects have the training that you need to manage your project from start to finish. And they can be as involved or as hands-off as you like.
One of the benefits of having an architect on your team is that they can act as a site manager. They can coordinate construction teams and know when each element needs to get underway. Architects want people to know that they have the capacity to manage every stage of a build. And they want them to know that they can take a supervisory role.
The role of the architect is usually only ever seen in its minimum form. Architects are seen as responsible for the design, permitting and documentation. But, with their skills, they can do so much more than that.
They Design Functional And Beautiful Spaces That Fit The Site
Finne recommends that anybody wanting to build on a challenging site hires a quality architect. Architects have a knack for coming up with a design that combines form and function. And they’re particularly good at meeting client’s need even in the most challenging of circumstances. Interestingly, one of the ways they are doing this is through new technology, like 3D printing. Architects are now able to print out designs and show clients what their projects will look like on completion. Here is a great example, how 3d printing helps in architect’s work.
Their Work Takes Them All Over
Most architectural firms aren’t limited to a single city. Their business takes them all over the place. Finne recommends that people looking for architects grab people from out of town. Often they can bring new and interesting perspectives on how a project should be taken forward.
Most people imagine that architects are forever pouring over their designs. But the demands of modern business mean that that’s rarely the case. Instead, most architects have a varied and hectic schedule. In the morning, they might manage to get in a couple of hours working on a design. But the rest of the day is usually taken up by meeting clients and contractors. Having said that, many architects spend the lion’s share of their time at their desks. But that doesn’t mean they’re doing the creative stuff. Half the time they’re sending emails. The rest of the time they’re doing marketing.
Finne doesn’t spend a lot of his time working on designs. His time is mostly spent speaking with staff and clients. Some of the time he spends revising his existing plans for clients. And often he’s out and about looking for bespoke materials to include in his designs. Architects, in other words, are as much businesspeople as they are creative geniuses.
They Have Heroes
Architects, like everybody who does creative work, have people who influence and inspire them. They are often heavily influenced by the culture in which they were raised. Finne, for instance, is from Norway. His architecture, therefore, has a distinctly Scandinavian feel. That means that many of his designs are based on the use of wood and have typical Nordic lines. Knowing where your architect comes from and who they are interested in can tell you a lot about how they’ll design your home. Architects have an uncanny ability to mix materials together in a way that isn’t immediately obvious. And often, their plans will inject a bit of their own personality into your project. It’s important, therefore, that you’re comfortable with a designer’s heritage. Don’t choose a northern European style if you’d prefer something with more of a Latin feel.
They Are Inspired By The Natural World
Architects, like the rest of us, stand in awe of the beauty of the natural world. But, unlike most of us, their trade is about bridging the gap between our homes and nature. As a result, it’s not surprising that so many architects take inspiration from the natural world and include it in their designs. In the Pacific Northwest, for instance, the landscape is dominated by the Rockies and beautiful woodland. Many designers take these features and try to incorporate them into radical home designs. Here you can expect to see a lot of wooden features and paneled glass to take in those spectacular views.
Their Pricing Is Honest And Straightforward
Finally, architects want you to know that their pricing is straightforward. They usually charge in a number of ways. One way is by the hour. Here, you can expect to pay between $100 and $160 per hour, depending on quality and experience. The other way is to charge as a percentage of the value of the project. Typically, this ranges from 10 to 25 percent.