Questions you may be asking
Do I need an architect?
Architects are highly trained and generally great at seeing the grand scheme, with an additional flair for creativity. Helping you to see your vision more clearly and making it happen is their job role. But do you need one?
There are some important questions to answer which will help you to decide if employing an architect is the right route for you.
How to find an architect
Where do you start? If you've never used an architect before how do you go about finding one and, more importantly, finding the right one?
Carrying out research to find an architect will ultimately create a shortlist of companies you think will be a good fit. Many architect practices offer a free consultation, be it on site or in an office, so take advantage of this. Can you see yourself working with them for the next twelve months? They may give you ideas that you may not have previously considered. They can explain the whole process and fill in the gabs of your research before making your final decision.
How to become an architect
The shortest time it can take to become a qualified architect is 7 years. So it's quite a commitment. But the rigorous training process means that by the end of it you'll be ready to provide your services to clients.
The educational journey to becoming an Architect, as the RIBA put it, 'probably combine inspiration, perspiration, frustration and elation in equal amounts’. It is an industry that has a place for many people from many walks of life.