Hiring An Architect

Ever wonder why you might need an architect for your design project? Few people realize how complicated it is to build — 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.


An AIA 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 dollar.



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 challenge lies in knowing how to communicate with your architect in ways that will enable you to get the most from this special collaboration. You and Your Architect, a pamphlet provided by the American Institute of Architects, can help you to do so—personally, professionally, and creatively. You and Your Architect, an electronic brochure, provides guidance on how to establish and benefit from those relationships.