Top 4 Tips on Choosing a Commercial Architect
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Published by TOP4 Team
It’s always necessary to get to know a commercial architect before committing to do business together. If you’re trying to find the perfect architect for your upcoming project, there are a few things you should keep in mind during your search. By utilising the resources available to you, you’ll ensure your project will go smoothly.
A basic Google search can help you find information on an architect. This research can give you a basic list of some of the best architects in your area that you can use as a starting point. It’s also a great idea to look for someone who is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects.
Your research should extend beyond searching for information about firms in your area. Many architects maintain an online work portfolio that is useful for determining who in your area have worked with them. While browsing this portfolio, you’ll likely realise you have a contact at one or more of those companies who can give you inside information on that architect’s performance.
Ask for referrals.
Even with all the online resources available to you, it’s always worthwhile to discuss with others in your industry who they or their colleagues may have worked with in the past, and about how the experience was. Did the firm listen well? Were they experts in the building type? Did the firm offer a high level of service?
These qualities, along with things like how invested a firm is in making long term relationships, are important qualities to look for when navigating a team of professionals, builders and officials toward a successful project outcome. A good sign is when an architectural firm has many long-standing, repeat clients. Other people in your line of business will likely know who those firms are and point you to the right person.
Find a connection.
After you’ve narrowed down your list of candidates, meet with your top choices individually. The goal of this meeting isn’t simply to review the architect’s qualifications and abilities. You’re also looking for a work-style fit, since your project’s success will often depend on whether you can communicate with your architect effectively. Will regular status updates be provided and, if so, how often? Make sure your expectations are clear from the beginning.
If you’ll be working with more than one person at the firm you choose, learn as much as possible about the employees and contractors who will be helping with your project. Ask to talk with the architect’s colleagues to make sure he’ll be the right person for your project.
Don’t choose the first professional you find. You should have several architects lined up and choose the best one among them for your project. Don’t be afraid to ask hard-hitting questions about how the architect will handle the many challenges that may arise over the course of your project. Make sure the firm you choose has the right insurance in place to cover any problems and gives a full quote that builds in extra room for unforeseen expenses at a price that’s still fitting within your budget.
To ensure your upcoming project will be as successful as possible, take extra time in your search for an architect who will perform the necessary duties. If you’re able to find a professional who has the skills and experience to handle the job and determine your communication styles mesh, you’ll already have navigated your project in the right direction.
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