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Selecting an architect

When embarking on a construction project, choosing the right professional Architect is paramount. While not every project requires an architect, if you’re looking to enhance your living standards and maximise your return on investment, hiring a RIBA-chartered architect is imperative.

Written by: Lindsey Webster, L+Architects. 24th November, 2023

”Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.” – Le Corbusier

The Optimal Choice for You

At L+ Architects, we perceive design as a strategic investment, akin to a serious investment strategy. We believe that only the most skilled and experienced architects can not only maximise returns but also enhance your way of life. We align with Kevin McCloud’s view that the spaces we create profoundly impact how we feel and relate to others: “I think that the space we create around us has a profound effect on us, on how we feel, on who we are, on how we relate to others. It goes right to the heart of our humanity.”

Image: Living Space in our Westwood House project © L+Architects.

The Architects Journey

Becoming an architect in the UK requires a minimum of 7 years of rigorous study, complemented by work experience and continuous professional development. Architects must stay updated on legislative changes, technological advancements, and other developments to deliver optimal service.

Highly proficient architects bring immense value to your project by assisting in formulating a detailed brief, managing costs, contributing design flair, guiding through legal frameworks, and ensuring high-quality construction. They play a pivotal role in translating intricate plans into your envisioned solution.

Image: Jack Winstanley from the L+Architects Studio is currently studying his Part II and inquiring into the use of AI in Architecture.

Understanding The Investment

Choosing the right architect, considering past work, referrals, and establishing good chemistry during the initial meeting, translates into value for money. Architects bring value through a systematic approach, detailed technical drawings, and safeguarding during the construction phase.

The design process is an investment, and the more time spent collaborating with your architect, the greater the satisfaction with the outcome. Architects outline fees based on project requirements, covering site selection, idea development, permissions acquisition, and guidance through the building process.

Image: At L+Architects we provide a complimentary 30 minute discussion upon enquiring to work with us. This can be conducted on Zoom or in person at our studio in Richmond.

Controlling Construction Costs

Architects collaborate with Quantity Surveyors to control building costs, especially in the current volatile economic situation. Engaging a Quantity Surveyor to provide detailed construction cost estimates is recommended.

Safeguarding your Investment

Engaging a RIBA Chartered Architect ensures your investment is in safe hands. Their knowledge and experience protect against potential costly mistakes, corruption risks, and ensure fair payment for work done.

Image: L+Architects project Richmond House was completed on time and on budget. Photo by Luca Piffaretti.

A Successful Partnership

Choosing the right architect is vital to the success of your project. To get the best results, it’s important to work collaboratively with your architect to create a clear and detailed brief. Give them the freedom to explore their unique skills and suggest creative ideas for your project. While cost is a factor to consider, it’s important to prioritise factors such as reputation, enthusiasm, and skill set when making your decision. If you’re unsure about anything, don’t hesitate to ask questions. Remember, the design process is complex and requires an ongoing dialogue between you and your architect. Be prepared to engage in frequent discussions, be open to new ideas, and be willing to adapt the design as needed to achieve your goals.

Video: L+Architects Principal Architect and Director Pablo Lambrechts walks through our Richmond Palace project. Film by Richard Rothmore.

How To Find Your Architect

Word of mouth or referrals are the best ways to find a good architect. Contact L+ Architects to discuss your bespoke architecture project and book a no-obligation meeting at office@lplusarchitects.com or call 020 8274 9933.

Image: Our clients for The Lakeside project discovered our work through an editorial feature and we were delighted when they emailed us with their project brief. © L+Architects.

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