No matter what kind of project you have in mind, you should speak with an architect who is a member of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) at the earliest stage of the design process. Architects have the education, training, experience and vision to maximize your construction dollar and ease the entire design and construction process.
What Architects Do
You have a vision of what you want. Now you need to make that vision a reality.
Architects are educated to help you define what you want to build, present options you might never have considered and help you get the most for your valuable investment. They don’t just design four walls and a roof— they create total environments, both interiors and exteriors, that are functional and exciting places in which to work and live.
Early involvement is key. By helping you define the building project, architects can provide meaningful guidance for design. They can conduct site studies, help secure planning and zoning approvals, and perform a variety of other pre-design tasks. Plus, when architects are involved at the earliest planning stage, they gain more opportunities to understand your business, develop creative solutions and propose ways to reduce costs.
- Commercial and Institutional Projects
Whether you’re about to expand your current facility, adapt an existing structure to a new use, or construct an entirely new building, your building project represents a major investment that will affect the productivity and efficiency of your organization for years. Architects have the education, training, experience and vision to maximize your construction dollar and ease the entire design and construction process. The long-term result is a facility that adds to the productivity, efficiency and effectiveness of your operation.
- Residential Projects
Architects are trained problem solvers. Need more room for your growing family? Architects can show you how to enlarge your home so you won’t have to move. Have a limited budget? Architects can reduce building costs, decrease your home’s energy needs, and increase its future resale value through good design. Building is a long process that is often messy and disruptive, particularly if you’re living in the space while it’s under construction. Your architect represents you, not the contractors. Your architect looks out for your interests and smoothes the process, helps find qualified construction contractors and visits the worksite to help protect you against work that’s not according to plan.
Who Needs an Architect?
Short answer– everyone!