Hiring an architect is the key to creating a dream home that is tailored to your personal taste and needs. But how can you find one?
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has developed a new Find an Architect service, and it’s free of charge too.
First things first…
Before contacting an architect, you’ll need to draw up your project brief - your wish list for your project. Focus on what you want to achieve and how you’ll use the space, both now and in the future, rather than what you think needs to be built.
Try to establish your overall project budget too as this will help you discuss costs up front with the architect and be realistic about what can be achieved.
With your project brief and budget decided, you’re ready to start your search.
Find an Architect is easy to find online (www.architecture.com/find-an-architect) and easy to use. It features more than 3,700 RIBA-accredited Chartered Practices, and over 41,000 inspiring project examples.
Once you’ve entered a few details about your project brief and what you’re looking for from your architect, the service will match you (confidentially) to a maximum of fifteen RIBA-accredited Chartered Practices with the right expertise for the job.
Your project details (but not your contact details) will be shared with the practices and you will hear whether they are interested in taking on your project within seven working days. This makes it even easier for you to shortlist your favourites or make a final selection.
Throughout the process you can compare their previous experience and the projects most relevant to yours, and you’ll be supported by the RIBA team every step of the way.
All architects featured on Find an Architect are RIBA-accredited Chartered Practices, so you can be sure you’ll not only get high-quality design, but peace of mind, too.
RIBA-accredited Chartered Practices:
- are highly skilled and professionally trained to turn your aspirations into reality
- work to a strict code of professional conduct
- will guide you through the design, planning and construction process
- can apply for planning permission and help you find a suitable builder
- will help keep your project on time and within budget
- ensure the building is constructed to a high standard
“Employing an architect could well be the best investment you make. They’ll develop solutions and propose ways to reduce costs, while at the same time coming up with a design that can increase the value of your home.” Kevin McCloud.
For more information contact:
0207 307 3700