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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 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'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. today. 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. 134 | 2015 AIA Los Angeles Directory & Resource Guide

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AIA Los Angeles 2015 Membership Directory & Resource Guide

About AIA|LA
Strategic Plan
AIA LA Presidents
About Center for Architecture & Urban Design Los Angeles
Annual Sponsors
Board of Directors
Firm Profiles
Design Awards & Presidential Honorees
Architect, Associate, Honorary & Student Members (Alpha by Last Name)
Allied Affiliate Members (alpha by Firm)
Fellows and Honorary AIA|LA
Index of Advertisers

AIA Los Angeles 2015 Membership Directory & Resource Guide