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Working with an AIA Architect:
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I need an architect for my project?
6. Don't architects add substantial cost to a project?
If you haven't worked with an architect before, you may wonder
While it's true that architects' fees are an additional project
whether your project really requires it. Particularly if your project
cost, hiring an architect can actually save you money in many
is your personal residence, it may not seem necessary. No one
ways. Architects can monitor your budget and negotiate to get
can tell you definitively whether you require the services of an
the best materials and workmanship at a good price. An archi-
architect, but we encourage you to explore this site to learn
tect's design can reduce energy and maintenance costs. They
more about what architects do, and watch the video case stud-
can turn a difficult lot into a successful building site. And they
ies to see how architects affect their clients' satisfaction with
spend time planning and fully developing your ideas to avoid
the final building project.
changes once construction is underway.
2. What services do architects provide?
7. How are architects compensated?
Architects see the big picture when it comes to your proj-
An architect's compensation can be based on time, a stipu-
ect. They help you explore what appeals to you aesthetically
lated sum, a percentage of the cost of the work, the project's
and what you require functionally. They coordinate teams of
square footage, unit cost (based on number of rooms/apart-
design, engineering and construction professionals; they sort
ments, etc.), or royalty in which compensation is a share of the
through the maze of building codes and zoning requirements;
profit derived from the project. Time-based compensation and
they ensure your project is built the way it was intended. For a
stipulated sums are most common.
detailed list of services architects provide, download You and
Your Architect (1.79MB, PDF) from aia.org.
3. Why should I hire an AIA architect?
8. What's my role in the design process?
Your architect will depend on you to communicate about your
design preferences, functional requirements, and budget. Your
Members of the American Institute of Architects adhere to the
timely response to questions and design submissions will help
AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, assuring you of
keep the project on track. It is also important for you to raise
their dedication to the high standards of professional practice.
any concerns you have as the project proceeds, so they can
AIA architects also fulfill annual continuing education require-
be addressed in the earliest stages. Working in partnership with
ments to maintain their professional standing and to stay cur-
your architect, you will help ensure the best possible outcome
rent in the profession.
for your project.
4. At what point in my project should I involve an architect?
As soon as you decide you want to build something new, you
should start looking for an architect. Architects provide important pre-design services including site evaluation, and can help
you explore options you may not have considered. Involving an
architect early in the process can help avoid costly missteps,
and increase the likelihood of your satisfaction with the project.
Architect Finder at aia.org
AIA's Architect Finder puts you in contact with some of the world's
most talented architects. At your finger tips, you will have access
to over 20,000 architecture firms. Please visit http://architectfinder.
5. How do I find the right architect for my project?
It is critical to find an architect who makes you feel comfortable, and with whom you have open communication. It's also
important to find an architect with experience in your project
type. This site provides helpful information on how to select
an AIA architect (50KB, PDF). For a list of local architects who
specialize in your project type, visit the AIA's Architect Finder.
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About Center for Architecture & Urban Design Los Angeles
Board of Directors
Design Awards & Presidential Honorees
Architect, Associate, Honorary & Student Members (Alpha by Last Name)
Allied Affiliate Members (alpha by Firm)
Fellows and Honorary AIA|LA
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