What does an Architect add to a project (beside a seal)?


Why Hire an Architect?

If you enter into Google “why hire an…” the first suggested search result is for Architect.  Many people find themselves in situations where a city is telling them their project must have sealed drawings for permit approval.  What the city usually does not explain is why that seal matters to the city officials.

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Architects are trained to be professional problem solvers who are able to juggle numerous pieces of information needed in order to put together a finished design that is both beautiful and practical.  

Architects Solve Problems

Architects are trained to evaluate and examine all aspects of the design process to assist in providing the most value for your design and construction budget.

Architects Can Save You Money

Architectural services are a wise investment for developing a design direction that meets your programming goals while respecting your budget.  Architects who are involved in the design and construction process from conception through occupancy can offer assistance in determining where construction dollars are best spent to maximize impact.

Because a well-conceived project can be built more efficiently and economically. Architects plan your project with you. As your ideas evolve, changes can be made on paper much less expensively than later on when construction is underway. Thorough drawings also make it easier for the contractor to accurately price and build your project.

Because energy-efficient buildings can save you money on fuel bills down the road. An architect can design a building to maximize heating from the sun and let in natural light, thus reducing your heating, cooling, and electric bills over time.

Because the architect can work with your budget and help you select the appropriate materials and workmanship at a fair price. Architects develop the drawings and specifications to help you get bids for construction that are based on your requirements.

Because an architect can help you choose materials and finishes that are durable as well as beautiful, saving on frequent maintenance and replacement costs. Architects work to stay abreast of advances in roofing, brick work, floor tiling, paint finishes, etc. Their familiarity with the full range of materials enables them to suggest the appropriate materials for your project.

Because good design sells. A well-designed house has a higher resale value. A well-designed store draws customers. A well-designed work environment attracts employees and increases productivity.

AIA DC “Why Hire an Architect”

Continuity from beginning to end.

As architects, we have spent many years training as building generalists and specializing in areas of individual interest.  We build our careers around being familiar with the process of planning, designing, and constructing a building.

Hiring an architect should save you time and money, minimize bumps, streamline the building process, and provide an accurate picture of how the project will turn out before a single nail has been driven. – BobVila.com

Architects can serve as guides to navigating the various aspects of site selection, efficient land development, programming required spaces for your needs, building design that fits your lifestyle or business plan, and construction observation to ensure conformance with your design intent.

Few people realize how complicated it is to build – until they find themselves lost in the maze of design options, building codes, zoning laws, contractors, and so on.  No two projects are exactly the same, so there is no single, clear-cut path.??  An architect is a qualified professional with the education, training, experience, vision, and license to guide you through the entire design and construction process, from helping you define what you want to build – to helping get the most for your construction dollar.??  Architects look at the big picture. They don’t just design four walls and a roof – they create total environments, interiors and exteriors, that satisfy functional needs and are exciting, dynamic spaces in which to work and live. – AIA Austin “Hire an Architect”

How Do I find an Architect?

Luckily for you, you have come across the blog of an Architecture Firm, Rittiluechai Architecture, who has the ability to work on projects anywhere in the United States.  We have experience with a wide range of projects types and would be happy for you to contact us to discuss your residential or commercial project.  Our firm size allows us to provide bespoke services with executive level involvement on all projects.

We also encourage you to speak with other firms so that you can make an informed decision when selecting an architect that is the right fit for your project needs.  To locate other architecture firms, please contact your local American Institute of Architects (AIA) office.


About Whitney Ford

Whitney Ford graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Architecture in Architecture from Oklahoma State University and has worked with Jeramie Rittiluechai since that time. In 2009 Jeramie Rittiluechai Architecture was founded and Whitney started working with RA as contract drafter and graphic designer. Towards the beginning of 2011 Whitney joined the RA team full time as Project Manager. Whitney is now the RA Vice President in charge of overseeing all projects and firm management.

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