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Why You Should Hire an Architect

By: Ignacio Gonzalez, Owner & Principal Architect of GT/AD Studio

Successfully constructing a building is a complex process. Because of that it requires a leader, manager, organizer, who can visualize and understand the complexities in completing that building successfully. Traditionally, an architect fulfills these requirements to one degree or another. With this, through creativity, education, and experience, an architect provides, not only the foregoing services but also incorporates a holistic view which includes required and desired function aesthetics, durability, technology, and community requirements, sustainability, as well as short term & long-term construction and performance project costs.

It is a requirement for an architect to successfully design a building that the scope of said building is as concise and detailed as the project owner and the architect can formulate. For this to occur, the relationship of the project owner and the architect, must be compatible. The road from beginning of the project through the acceptance of its scope may be the most important part of that relationship. The architect is an advocate for the project owner. The architect takes on the duty of not only protecting the owners’ interests but also the successful completion and function of the building itself. Look for someone you get along with.

It takes a design and construction team to provide all services for any project. The creation, management, and communication with this team is as vital as those points listed above.


There is a traditional organizing method that architects use for the process of service and design. It varies from architect to architect, but generally it is a phase organizer. These phases consist of the following with adjustments, additions, and deletions, as is appropriate for the specific project:

  • Pre-Design

  • Schismatic Design

  • Design Development

  • Construction Documents

  • Construction Doc Negotiation and permitting

  • Contractor Selection

  • Construction Administration

As each phase is completed and formally approved by the project owner, the next phase builds upon and details those aspects. Those designs are then shared with appropriate consultants so their efforts flow smoothly and concurrently. This serves the purpose of tracing and confirming decisions and adjustment which led to small and decisive plateaus in the projects process. We’ll address each phases sub categories in future blogs.

Author: Ignacio Gonzalez, Owner & Principle Architect NCARB

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