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This is intended to be a framework to help clients navigate the interview process and select the right architect for their project and personality.



1. Scope of Work.  The accuracy of the objectives desired are paramount to schedule, budget and resource assessment (from historic preservation to engineering requirements).  In our initial meeting we will assess the site and your objectives.  This will be the basis for the contract.  Additions to the scope of work will come at both cost and time.  Taking the time to set up the project correctly, understanding deliverables, and expectations will greatly mitigate risks through the project life-cycle.



2. Style. Is there a specific style of architecture that you prefer? 


Keep in mind that not all architects are as well versed/ equally proficient in each style of architecture. Some specialize in a specific style whereas others have developed an iconic style of their own (particularly true of modern/ contemporary architects). And still others design in a variety of styles (depending on their clients’ wishes, local typologies, style of existing house, etc.).


3. Design Phase. How does your schematic design phase work? Do you develop a limited number of options or do you keep designing until the owner is happy with/ has signed off on the plans?

Description of Design Phases


4. Point of contact. Who will be doing the design? Are you a sole-proprietor or do you have employees? Who will I be meeting and communicating with at your office?


5. Drawings. What drawings are included in your standard construction set? 


  • Site plan

  • Demolition floor plans

  • Floor plans

  • Enlarged plans

  • Exterior elevations

  • Sections

  • Interior elevations

  • Details

  • Door and window schedules

  • Electrical plan (power and lighting)

  • Mechanical plan (HVAC, vent fans, etc.)


Highlighted items likely to be minimum requirements for permit issuance.


6. Fees. What is your fee? Do you charge per square foot (if so, how much)? Do you charge a percentage of construction (if so, how much)?


How Much Does an Architect Charge


7. Consultants. What other consultants and fees do you think will be required for my project?


8. Changes. How do you deal with owner driven changes during design? What triggers additional services (major scope changes only)? Do you charge hourly for additional work? Will you prepare a proposal/ estimate of how many hours the additional work will take?


9. Timeline. How long do you think the design, bidding, permitting and construction process will take?


10. Bidding. 


11. Feasibility and budget. After hearing my project wish-list, and knowing my budget, do you think my project is feasible and/ or wise? Is there anything that you would propose to do differently?


12. Communication. What is your preferred means of communication (phone, email, text)?

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