A Guide to Hiring an Architect

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Hiring an architect is a critical step in any construction project. Whether you’re building a new home or renovating an existing one, an architect can help you bring your vision to life and ensure that your project meets all legal and regulatory requirements. However, finding the right architect can be challenging, especially if you don’t know what to look for. In this article, we will provide you with a guide to hiring an architect, with a focus on the Architectural Services offered by the team @Harper Architects.

Step 1: Determine Your Project Requirements

The first step in hiring an architect is to determine your project requirements. This involves deciding what you want to achieve with your project, setting a budget, and identifying any special considerations, such as sustainability or accessibility. Harper Architects offers a wide range of Architectural Services, from initial design to project management, and can help you refine your project requirements to ensure that your project meets your needs and fits within your budget.

Step 2: Research Potential Architects

Once you have a clear idea of your project requirements, you can begin researching potential architects. Look for architects with experience in the type of project you’re planning and check their credentials and certifications. Harper Architects has over 20 years of experience in the residential and commercial sectors, we bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to your project. Gary Harper, the owner, and Director of the company is a registered architect with the ‘Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) and ‘Architects Registration Board’ (ARB). Harper Architects is a RIBA Charted practice and can provide a range of Architectural Services.

Step 3: Review Portfolios and References

Before you hire an architect, it’s essential to review their portfolio and references. Look for projects that are similar to yours and check the architect’s track record for delivering projects on time and within budget. Harper Architects has a varied portfolio of projects that showcases our expertise in various industries, including residential and commercial.

Step 4: Schedule an Initial Consultation

Once you’ve narrowed down your list of potential architects, schedule an initial consultation. This will give you an opportunity to discuss your project requirements, ask questions, and get a sense of the architect’s communication style and approach. Harper Architects offers an initial consultation to all potential clients, where we listen to the client’s needs and provide feedback on how they can help.

Step 5: Evaluate Proposals and Fees

After your initial consultation, you should receive a proposal from the architect outlining the scope of work, fees, and timeline. Review the proposal carefully and compare it to other proposals you’ve received. Evaluate the architect’s fees in relation to the services they offer and their experience level. Harper Architects provides transparent and competitive fees that are based on the scope of work and the complexity of the project.


Hiring an architect can be a daunting task, but by following these steps, you can find the right architect for your project. Harper Architects offers a wide range of architectural services and can help you bring your vision to life. With our expertise, experience, and commitment to client satisfaction, Harper Architects is the right choice for any construction project.

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