Choosing a commercial architect be it an individual or a company can be challenging. With it being such a lucrative business there are more choices than ever out there.
So how can you find the right one for you?
In todays article we will talk you through the process of finding a commercial architect near you that is more than qualified to meet your requirements.
As with any specialism experience is key and this same rule applies to commercial architects too. You will want to identify how long the company has been operating as this is normally a good indicator of how professional and experienced, they are.
Then you will want to identify what specific experience they have in projects that are similar to yours or do they have a specialist that would be ideal for your project.
And what experience do they have when it comes to building regulations in the local area, we will touch on this more later in the location section.
Becoming a commercial architect isn’t easy it takes many years of education at university to become a commercial architect and that’s just the beginning architects continually have to re certify in the latest building and safety codes as well as making sure that they are licensed with the local government authority.
Checking these credentials beforehand will give you a good indication of how experienced and current the business is.
Communication is key to any project and when it comes to something complex like designing a mall or restaurant building if there isn’t good communication from the offset then the project is likely to fail.
As well as being able to communicate in a business sense with the company it will also make the project run a lot smoother if you can get on well with the individual. At the end of the day you are hiring a company, but you will be working with a person and being getting along with that person will make the whole process easier and more enjoyable for everyone involved.
As with any industry nowadays technology is more involved than ever. This is very relevant in the commercial architecture world too. You will want to identify if the company you are looking to hire for your project uses the most up to date technology and resources.
Having access to the most up to date technology and resources can not only speed up the entire process but also allows for more accuracy to be achieved and more detailed plans to be produced. The more detailed the more efficient the entire project will be.
Although nowadays it isn’t crucial that the company is based near you working with a company that is well versed in the local area will make the entire process a little easier.
What happens next?
If you have followed the steps above, you will now have an idea of which commercial architecture firm might be the best fit for your project.
But how can you be sure of this before hiring them?
Well luckily for you we have tips for that too before entering into a contract with the company you will want to:
What we mean by this is ask around other professionals in the business this will give you an idea of the company’s reputation.
You will also likely find out the location of past pieces of work that they have been completed so you can survey their work firsthand.
In the construction industry specifically, reputation is everything and by asking other professionals in the same industry as you about a potential company you will quickly learn If they have a good reputation or a bad one.
To get as much information on them as possible before asking anyone about the company have some questions prepared so you can really find out what you want to know.
Here are some sample questions that we feel are very helpful to ask about a potential company.
- What was the communication with the architects like?
- Are there any experts employed there?
- How would you rate the service out of 10?
- Do they invest in long-term relationships?
- Do they have long-standing, repeat clients?
Once you have gathered this information you will want to organize a meeting with the company.
The meeting is the final step and one where you can discuss exactly what you require from the company. Agree on crucial parts of the project like budget and timescales. And potentially most importantly get to know who you will be working with on a personal level.