The American Institute of Architects
The Beginner’s Guide to Selecting an Architect
Why Should You Hire an Architect?
Few people realize how complicated it is to build - that is until they find themselves lost in the maze of design
options, building codes, zoning laws, contractors, and so on. No two building projects are exactly alike, so there
is no single, clear-cut path to follow.
The architect is the one professional who has the education, training, experience, and vision to guide you through
the entire design and construction process, from helping you define what you want to build to helping you get the
most for your construction dollar.
Architects see the big picture. They don't just design four walls and a roof - they create total environments,
interiors and exteriors, that satisfy functional needs and are exciting, dynamic spaces in which to work and live.
Whether you are remodeling, adding on, or building from scratch, the architect can guide the way. Working with
contractors and other construction professionals, architects can help you end up with a well-designed project that
meets your needs and works with your budget and time frame.
THE ARCHITECT SOLVES PROBLEMS
Most building projects start with a want or need. "I need more file space in my office." Or, "We've outgrown
our house." But how does that need or want get translated into square feet and three-dimensional space?
That is what architects are trained to do, solve problems in creative ways. With their broad knowledge of design
and construction, architects can show you alternatives and options you might never think of on your own.
Need more room for your growing family? An architect can show you how to enlarge your home so you don't
have to move. Not sure how fast your business is going to grow? An architect can design an office that meets
your needs today and can be adapted for tomorrow. Have a limited budget? The architect looks for ways to
make your project cost effective.
THE ARCHITECT CAN SAVE YOU MONEY
The architect's services are