Choosing a good architect is perhaps the most important part of any large building project.
If you want your design to get through planning permission, the architect will need to know about the local authority planning rules and regulations and know the latest building regulations.
Of course, you want your project to become a reality, so you also want to find an architect who has a flair for your type of project and can bring you exactly what you want.
Follow our tips to ensure you find the best architect for your building project.
Check they are registered with the ARB
All architects are required by law to be registered with the Architect’s Registration Board, so it’s essential that you check that an architect is registered before you hire them for the job. It’s also best that you choose an architect that is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), as they have to adhere to certain practices.
Gather references and reviews
Make sure you choose an architect with experience in your type of property and get references from previous customers to check out their work.
If you use Quotatis to find architects, you will receive the details of their profile and be able to see all their reviews from past customers.
Find out about their contacts with the local authority and their track record of approvals, especially with difficult projects.
Decide exactly what you want them to do
Have your entire project planned out before you even contact any architects. You could create a scrapbook with clippings you’ve found that resemble what you’re expecting the end product to look like. If you do this, you can be clear with the architect from the outset so they know exactly what you’re expecting from them.
It’s also worth deciding whether you want to employ the architect just up to the planning permission stage or whether you want them to manage the entire project from start to finish.
If you follow these 3 simple steps to finding an architect, you should have a hassle-free project and everything should go smoothly. Use our service to find up to four architects to give you a quote.