Getting the Most out of Top Architects
Getting the most out of top architects – A how to.
Here are a few tips on getting the most out of top architects, and how to build a relationship that is productive, healthy, and dare we say it, fun?
Why do we say top architects? Because they’ll be professionals, and will likely respond to these tips better than a slouch.
- Get recommendations – Before hiring an architect, ask around for advice. People (even if it’s just an online forum) will be able to help you choose one who is collaborative, highly skilled, and in general, easy to work with. It’s far better than realising 3 months into the job your architect isn’t who you thought they were.
- Don’t be scared of your architect – You should never pander to your architect. Remember, this is your project, not theirs, so if you can’t see their vision, tell them. If they veer off course to fulfill themselves, tell them. Again, a year later isn’t the time to realise you don’t like how things turned out.
- Learn as you go – Make sure you are informed on everything your architect is doing. Ask them to provide you with a process of how the project will run, including timeframe and periodic goals. Ask lots of questions, both as a means of making sure you know what’s going on and as a way of learning for the future. As Benjamin Franklin said – ““Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand.”
- Talk and Collaborate – This should be ongoing. You don’t want to let your architect run alone for weeks unless you are absolutely sure you are on the same path. Checking in will keep you both in check.
- Involve them in hiring tradespeople – If your architect is experienced, they’ll have worked with dozens of tradespeople in their career. Allow them to make recommendations, because certain trades are good for certain projects. It’s in their best interest to send you to an expert (this is their work too, remember?).