Architects want to create the design for your new living space that meets your needs, your budget and your sense
of pride in ownership. The process begins with a self-assessment of what you want and need and how to find the
architect that's right for you. An architect's services are an investment, not an added cost, because their designs
can capture energy savings, improve the efficiency and productivity of your operations and can add market value to
your property because good design sells. The information on this page is available as a brochure titled '"Architecturally
Designed Homes and You." Click below to download a pdf copy or call the AIA Minnesota to request a free paper copy
be mailed to you.
Architecturally Designed Homes and You (pdf)
|20 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting Started
Where do we live now?
|20 Questions to Ask Your Minnesota Architect
What does the architect see as important issues or considerations in our project?
What are the challenges of the project?
How will the architect approach our project? What process will be used?
How will the architect gather information about our needs, goals, etc.?
How will the architect establish priorities and make decisions?
Who from the architecture firm will we be dealing with directly? Is that the same person who will be designing the project? Who will be designing our project?
Is the architect truly interested in this project?
How busy is the architect? Can this project comfortably fit within other office projects?
What sets this architect apart from the rest?
How does the architect establish fees?
What would the architect expect the fee to be for this project?
What are the steps in the design process?
How does the architect organize the process?
What does the architect expect us to provide?
What is the architect's design philosophy?
What is the architect's experience/track record with cost estimating?
What will the architect show us along the way to explain the project? Will we see models, drawings, or sketches?
If the scope of the project changes later in the project, will there be additional fees? How will these fees be justified?
What services does the architect provide during construction?
How disruptive will construction be? How long is it expected to take to complete our project?
Does the architect have a list of past clients that the firm has worked with?
The Steps Involved in Design and Construction--What to Expect
Design and construction projects involve several steps. Typically, projects go through the following six phases.
However, on some projects several of these steps may be combined or there may be additional ones.
Step 1 Programming / Deciding What to Build