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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 cost,
whether your project really requires it. Particularly if your project
hiring an architect can actually save you money in many ways.
is your personal residence, it may not seem necessary. No one
Architects can monitor your budget and negotiate to get the
can tell you definitively whether you require the services of an
best materials and workmanship at a good price. An architect's
architect, but we encourage you to explore this site to learn more
design can reduce energy and maintenance costs. They can turn
about what architects do, and watch the video case studies to
a difficult lot into a successful building site. And they spend time
see how architects affect their clients' satisfaction with the final
planning and fully developing your ideas to avoid 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 project.
An architect's compensation can be based on time, a stipulated
They help you explore what appeals to you aesthetically and
sum, a percentage of the cost of the work, the project's square
what you require functionally. They coordinate teams of design,
footage, unit cost (based on the number of rooms/apartments,
engineering, and construction professionals; they sort through
etc.), or royalty in which compensation is a share of the profit
the maze of building codes and zoning requirements; they ensure
derived from the project. Time-based compensation and stipu-
your project is built the way it was intended. For a detailed list
lated sums are most common.
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 current
your architect, you will help ensure the best possible outcome
in the profession.
for your project.
4. At what point in my project should I involve an architect?
Architect Finder at aia.org
As soon as you decide you want to build something new, you
AIA's Architect Finder puts you in contact with some of the
should start looking for an architect. Architects provide impor-
world's most talented architects. At your fingertips, you will
tant pre-design services including site evaluation and can help
have access to over 20,000 architecture firms. Please visit
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.
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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