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Why Hire An Architect?

Posted by in Architecture | March 15, 2009
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Like many individuals, you may be wondering how an architect can help you achieve your goals for your current project. Though every project varies in scope, an architect, if chosen wisely, can help you clarify and define your building needs, look beyond your immediate requirements, efficiently manage your project, maximize your investment, see the bigger picture, and solve unforeseen problems.

Let’s begin by defining what an architect is. Quite simply, an architect is a licensed professional who plans, designs, and oversees the construction of buildings. It takes many years of education, internship, and testing to acquire an architectural license. This license is regulated and awarded by the State in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of those occupying the buildings the architect designs.

“Architects help clarify and define your building needs and look beyond your immediate requirements.”

So why should you hire an architect? Let’s break it down. Architects help clarify and define your building needs and look beyond your immediate requirements. Whether you’re dreaming of a new home or planning commercial space, involving an Architect from the start is the key to avoiding costly missteps and maximizing the success of the project. Architects provide meaningful guidance for design and are able to conduct site studies and evaluation, quickly secure planning and zoning approvals, and perform a variety of other pre-design tasks.

“Architects also help manage and maximize your investment efficiently.”

Architects also help manage and maximize your investment efficiently. Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or residence, creating your dream home, expanding your current facility, adapting a new structure to a new use, sitting on the building committee for a new church, school or civic center, or constructing an entirely new building, working with an architect can save you and your organization time and money by converting your new spaces to be more functional, comfortable, efficient, and environmentally responsible. When you hire an architect during the earliest stages of the planning process they gain more opportunity to understand your business, develop creative solutions, and propose ways to reduce costs. The long-term result is a home or facility that adds to the productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness of your daily operation. The golden rule is that an architect’s services are a wise investment, not an added cost to your project. Why is this? Because (1) a well-conceived project can be built more efficiently and economically, (2) energy efficient buildings can save you money down the road, (3) the architect can work your budget and help you select the appropriate materials and services that are not only durable saving you money later, but also meet your aesthetic and functional needs, and lastly, (4) because a good design always has a higher resale value.

“Architects see the big picture and help solve unforeseen problems.”

Lastly, architects see the big picture and help solve unforeseen problems. There will always be potential for unforeseen project-related problems to arise. Your architect if chosen wisely, has the expertise to solve these unforeseen problems. Your building project represents a major investment that will affect the productivity and efficiency of your home or organization for years to come. Well informed smart decision-makers know that in order to make the most of such an investment begins with consulting a professional licensed architect. When it comes to hiring an architect keep in mind that they are the only professionals that hold the education, training, experience, and vision to make the best decisions in the planning, designing development, and construction stages for you, your family or organization, and your wallet.

It has been said that there are few things more satisfying than realizing a successful building project. The secret to success lies in the professional, business and personal relationship between owner and architect. For best results we submit that you carefully research and hire a professionally licensed architect on your next building project. 

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