If you’ve decided to renovate your home or build a new house, chances are that you’ll need an architect to design it according to your desire and according to the local rules. For most contractors the experience of hiring an architect is a pleasant idea that minimizes construction problems and legal issues while make the dream of a better home real. However, without a good architect, it can end in planning permissions being refused, a house with functional problems or even with a legal process, something reported by Robin and Karen Aird for an article to The Telegraph that also happened with the famous house made by Le Corbusier, Villa Savoye, according to the Misfits’ Architecture.
The work of an architect is to see the bigger picture of any project, maximizing the property value, reconfiguring rooms and overcoming any building constrain. Another important part of an architect work is to coordinate the construction of the house by providing you with the best professional that you’ll need to make the project come true. Architects also helps you with the local building regulations, avoiding any legal issues.
Choosing an architect
Before contacting an architect, you’ll need to research you budget. It’s important not to only know how much you can afford to spend but to also have an estimative of how much the building or renovation can cost. One website that helps you estimating the building costs of your area is www.jewson.co.uk/working-with-you/for-self-builders/preliminary-planning/calculators/build-cost-calculator .
The next step you should do when trying to find a good architect is to search about if they are registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB, www.arb.org.uk), an organization that regulates the architects’ profession in he UK, and The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA, www.architecture.com), a global professional membership that aims for excellence in architecture. However, unlike ARB, RIBA isn’t compulsory for architects, what makes some of skip its membership.
Nevertheless, one important rule is to always aims for architects in your area, because not only they’ll have better knowledge about the micro-climate of your region, but they’ll also be more prepared to deal with the building regulations of your city. So, solicitors from North East, UK, should search for architects North East of the UK if they want a building that is more suited for the climate peculiarities of the area, such as wind and sun insulation characteristics.
Another important step is to search online about any architect that you’ve find interesting. Almost all architects have a web site where they publish their most important works with photos and a text explanation about each project. Some architects also have a blog, where they post tips about interior design or some minor renovations that doesn’t need planning permission and some content about architecture trends. These blog posts help you understand how this specific architect think, helping you decide if you should contract him or not.
At last, try to contact as many architects that you can to talk about your project, ideas and budget. It’s always important to have a face to face contact where you can ask anything to the architect and he or she can learn about your needs. During the interview, ask any question that you have. Ask if they have experience with projects like yours, what is their design philosophy and if they can take you to one completed project. If, during the discussion, there is something you don’t understand, ask the architect for clarification. If the architect doesn’t explain things in a way that you can understand, then he or she may not be right for you. It’s also important to know that, while many architects do not charge for this interview, some do. Before the interview, ask if there is a fee.
 THE TELEGRAPH. “How to hire an architect”. Retrieved July 9, 2019 (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/3361465/How-to-hire-an-architect.html).
 MISFITS’ ARCHITECTURE. “The DARKER Side of Villa Savoye”. Retrieved July 9, 2019 (https://misfitsarchitecture.com/2011/09/03/the-darker-side-of-villa-savoye/).