Choosing an architect

A guide for individual clients

Clients often approach us with only an outline idea of their project – for example they need more space or feel there is a disconnect between their house and garden – and can’t see how best to find a solution. They feel a need for architectural insight and advice to bring a project to life; This is where we begin to add significant value. We help our clients to explore and refine their needs before responding with concept designs, often introducing ideas beyond what they had imagined possible. Not only does this help both parties ensure they are on the right path to a viable solution, but also that the solution has an expert’s insight to make an elegant proposal that gets the absolute maximum benefit for the money spent.

Architects fees do not vary very much between practices, and most of the variance comes in the services which are offered. Therefore, one of the most important aspects of choosing an architect is personal chemistry: appoint an architect who’s judgement you trust and who you feel listens to you and understands your needs. Not only will this mean your experience is more enjoyable, but it will also be more likely that objectives are aligned. This in turn ensures that the project you embark on is likely to be the right one, saving both time and money in the long run.
When a client commissions us, we are embarking on a journey together. We take the time to get to know you and identify your priorities, and we hope before long to build your trust in us and develop a close working relationship that you find both enjoyable and rewarding.

Take a look at our publication, Living, for an insight into Designscape – how we work with clients and what we can bring to your residential project.

There is more very useful and clear advice available for private clients from the RIBA here

Please get in touch with us so we can begin to explore your project with you. We offer a range of different ways to discuss your project at the outset:
  1. Initial Discussion: No charge / obligation (subject to availability)
    This will include a 30-minute phone or video call to explore the details of your project, including your brief, programme and overall aspirations.
  2. Consultation: £150 + VAT
    The consultation adds to Option 1, and involves a longer discussion (usually about 1.5 hours).
    Ideally at this point we would meet in person and take a look at your site with you. If this is not viable then, if you are able to send us your site location and details, we can prepare an initial assessment which will explore constraints and opportunities, including potential planning constraints for your project. Currently this may need to be undertaken as a phone or video call.
    If we are appointed following your consultation, the cost will be deducted.
Whichever of the above paths you take, we will be able to advise you on the best approach to take your project forward.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Clients often approach us with only an outline idea of their project – for example they need more space or feel there is a disconnect between their house and garden – and can’t see how best to find a solution. They feel a need for architectural insight and advice to bring a project to life; This is where we begin to add significant value. We help our clients to explore and refine their needs before responding with concept designs, often introducing ideas beyond what they had imagined possible. Not only does this help both parties ensure they are on the right path to a viable solution, but also that the solution has an expert’s insight to make an elegant proposal that gets the absolute maximum benefit for the money spent.