From the February/March 2009 Issue:

How Design Works For You

20 Questions to Ask Your Architect

1. What does the architect see as important issues to consider in your project?

2. How will the architect approach your project?

3. How will the architect gather information about your needs, goals, etc.?

4. How will the architect establish priorities and make decisions?

5. Who from the architecture firm will deal with you directly? Is that the same person who will design the project? If not, who will design the project?

6. How interested is the architect in this project?

7. How busy is the architect?

8. What sets this architect apart from the rest?

9. How does the architect establish fees?

10. What does the architect expect the fee to be for this project?

11. What is the architect’s experience/track record with estimating costs?

12. If the scope of the project changes, will there be additional fees? How will these fees be justified?

13. What are the steps in the design process?

14. How does the architect organize the process?

15. What does the architect expect you to provide?

16. What is the architect’s design philosophy?

17. What will the architect show you along the way to explain the project? Will you see models, drawings, or sketches?

18. What services does the architect provide during construction?

19. How disruptive will construction be? How long does the architect expect the project to take for completion?

20. Can the architect provide a list of client references?

Reprinted with permission from the American Institute of Architects