Benefits for Consumers
...Can Save You Money
...Can Make your Life Easier
Why Hire An Architect?Jan Gilmore Loftis, Executive Director for AIA
Few people realize how complicated it is to build — that is until
they find themselves lost in the maze of design options, building
codes, zoning laws, contractors, and so on. No two building projects
are exactly alike, so there is no single, clear-cut path to follow.
The architect is the one professional who has the education,
training, experience, and vision to guide you through the entire
design and construction process, from helping you define what you
want to build to helping you get the most for your construction
Architects see the big picture. They don't just design four walls
and a roof — they create total environments, interiors and
exteriors, that satisfy functional needs and are exciting, dynamic
spaces in which to work and live.
Whether you are remodeling, adding on, or building from scratch, the
architect can guide the way. Working with contractors and other
construction professionals, architects can help you end up with a
well-designed project that meets your needs and works with your
budget and time frame.
The Architect Solves Problems
Most building projects start with a want or need. "I need more
file space in my office." Or, "We've outgrown our house." But
how does that need or want get translated into square feet and
That is what architects are trained to do — solve problems in
creative ways. With their broad knowledge of design and
construction, architects can show you alternatives and options
you might never think of on your own.
Need more room for your growing family? An architect can show
you how to enlarge your home so you don't have to move. Not sure
how fast your business is going to grow? An architect can design
an office that meets your needs today and can be adapted for
tomorrow. Have a limited budget? The architect looks for ways to
make your project cost effective.
The Architect Can Save You Money
The architect's services are a wise investment for the money,
not an added cost to your project. Why?
Because a well-conceived project can be built more efficiently
and economically. Architects plan your project with you. As your
ideas evolve, changes can be made on paper — much less
expensively than later on when construction is underway.
Thorough drawings also make it easier for the contractor to
accurately price and build your project.
Because energy efficient buildings can save you money on fuel
bills down the road. An architect can design a building to
maximize heating from the sun and let in natural light, thus
reducing your heating, cooling, and electric bills over time.
Because the architect can work with your budget and help you
select the appropriate materials and workmanship at a fair
price. Architects develop the drawings and specifications to
help you get bids for construction that are based on your
Because an architect can help you choose materials and finishes
that are durable as well as beautiful, saving on frequent
maintenance and replacement costs. Architects work to stay
abreast of advances in roofing, brick work, floor tiling, paint
finishes, etc. Their familiarity with the full range of
materials enables them to suggest the appropriate materials for
Because good design sells. A well-designed house has a higher
resale value. A well-designed store draws customers. A
well-designed work environment attracts employees and increases
The Architect Can Make Your Life Easier
Let's face it, building is a long process that is often messy
and disruptive, particularly if you are living or working in the
space under construction. The architect you hire looks out for
your interests and tries to find ways to make that process go
If your project requires engineering or other design services,
the architect can coordinate this team of experts so you don't
have to. The architect sorts out complex building codes and
zoning laws. The architect can help you find qualified
construction contractors based on your requirements. The
architect visits the construction site to help verify that the
project is being built according to plans and specifications.