Twenty Questions to Ask Your Architect

Set the right foundation for your next project by gathering some simple information from your architect.  These questions will help you learn more about your architect and ensure your project runs smoothly.

What does the architect see as important issues in your project?

What are the project’s challenges?

How will the architect gather information about your needs and objectives?

How will the architect establish goals and priorities?

Will you be dealing directly with the person designing your project? If not, with whom will you be dealing?

How interested is the architect in this project?

How busy is the architect?

What sets the architect apart from the rest?

How does the architect establish fees?

What does the architect expect the fee to be in this project?

What are the steps in the design process?

How does the architect organize the process?

What does the architect expect you to provide?

What is the architect’s design philosophy?

What is the architect’s experience/track record with cost estimating?

How will the architect keep up to date on the project: models, drawings, computer animations?

If the scope of the project changes, will there be additional fees? How will they be justified?

What services does the architect provide during construction?

How long will it take to complete the project? How disruptive might it be?

Does the architect have a list of past clients you can contact?