Finding the right architect can be a difficult task because there is so much at stake when you're talking about a home-build project that will be your actual house for the foreseeable future. Therefore it is vital that you know what it is you are looking for when you're searching for a suitable residential architectural design companies.
The list of questions that have been compiled by the AIA can be used as a great base from where, to begin with, prospective candidates but you need a little extra in order to really make the right decision.
In addition, various other steps can be taken in order to maximize your chances of choosing the right architect for your job. Firstly make certain to actually visit the office of your architect even though your first meeting with the architect is likely to be on your building plot or site.
You will get a good impression of the individual and the company you are hiring from this. So a meeting at his workplace should be scheduled before appointing him. Look for things such as disorganization or un-filed documents that are not in use. This attitude towards documents and office space is bound to reflect in the work of the architect too.
This meeting will also give you the opportunity to begin to develop a good working relationship with your architect. This may be an obvious point, but a strong rapport will mean you and the architect are better placed to deal with any unforeseen problems later on. Your architect needs to be able to understand what exactly you are looking for.