What should you be looking for from your architect?
An experienced architect has honed their craft over many years and understands what works. You need to be confident you are paying for the best advice. Appointing an experienced architect reduces risk, gives you the confidence your project is in safe hands and allows you to get on with your life.
Working with an RIBA Chartered Practice provides additional assurance. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) only endorses and promotes architectural practices that are committed to quality assurance, business management and client service.
The best outcome is achieved through a close working relationship between you and your architect. They should provide you with a flexible and personal service to meet your objectives.
They should be good listeners and skilled at asking the right questions to help establish your brief. They should be designing for you and not themselves.
Your architect must act with fairness and honesty with you at all times.
They must realistically appraise their ability to undertake your project and if they cannot help they should tell you without delay.
Their terms of appointment, scope of work and your requirements should be clear and recorded in writing.
They should explain to you how their fees are calculated and charged.
They must maintain professional indemnity insurance.
The consultants and suppliers they recommend to you should be selected on merit and not because the architects stand to benefit from a commission arrangement.
They should respect confidentiality and your privacy.
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