What an Architect can do for You

5 Phases of Design

As you begin working with an AIA architect, it is helpful to know where you are in the design process.

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Identify Services

Review the services your architect can provide and determine which are necessary to meet your project goals.

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Your Relationship

To get the most out of working with an AIA architect, it’s important to communicate your preferences.

Maximize Your Relationship

The Design Process

It is important that decisions are made promptly to minimize impact on schedule and budget.

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The Value of an Architect

There are few things more satisfying than a successful design project. The secret to success lies in the professional, business, and personal relationships between owner and architect.

Hiring an AIA architect could be the best decision you’ll make for your residential or commercial design project. If you’ve never worked with an architect, though, you’re likely to have many questions. We’ll help you get through the design process.

Questions to Ask Your Architect

  • What is your design philosophy?

  • What sets your firm apart from others?

  • Will you share a portfolio of projects?

  • Will you be my contact from the firm?

  • What are the steps in the process?

  • What do you expect me to provide?

  • What role do you have?

  • How do you establish fees?

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How Design Works for You

If you’ve never worked with an architect before, you likely have questions. Does your project really require an architect? At what point should you involve a design team? What is it like to work with an AIA architect, and how do you get the most out of the experience? Here you can find answers and tools to guide you through the five stages of design, and watch clients and architects describe how the process worked for them. Prepare yourself for a rewarding relationship with an AIA architect. Good design makes a difference.

Case Studies

A Sustainable House

Watch how an experienced AIA architect helps her client define what she wants in a new house. Together, they incorporate Kyoto Protocol standards into this modern Minnesota home. They turn the challenges of a steeply graded site into environmental advantages, creating a house full of simple solutions that enhance the client’s quality of life. Watch Now.

Old Laundry Turns Charter School

Watch as a team of clients, AIA architects and contractor discuss how they worked together to turn an abandoned laundry building into a vibrant new high school. See how the process created a school that feels like home to the students, and helps revitalize their New Jersey community. Watch Now.

You & Your Architect

“Architecture” isn’t only for museums, corporations, or the wealthy. Whether you are remodeling the kitchen, creating your dream home, sitting on the building committee for a new school or civic center, or planning a commercial or other building, working with an architect member of the AIA can save time and money by making your new spaces more functional, comfortable, efficient, and environmentally responsible. Architects can play a pivotal role in reducing the overall environmental impact and energy needed to create and operate buildings, the single biggest consumer of fossil fuels. The result is a project that is beautiful, distinctive, efficient, and healthy for us and the planet.

Knowing how to work with your architect will enable you to get the most from this special collaboration. Your Architect can help you to do so—personally, professionally, creatively, and sustainably.