How do we begin working with an architect?

How do we begin working with an architect?   After you interview and select your chosen partner, you will engage in an iterative exploration discovering what you like, what it looks like and making many decisions. That means I get to know you so we can get to know your home. I developed a tutorial.. read more →

30 Jul 2008
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How did you become an architect?

How did you become an architect?   To become an architect, we go to school a lot and practice architecture a lot.   All architects must graduate from college, complete an internship, pass an exam, practice and take continuing education.   College: All architects must graduate from an National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) accredited university.. read more →

28 May 2008
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What does an architect do?

What does an architect do?   An architect listens and solves problems. We resolve functional, aesthetic, economic and land use challenges. Sometimes we offer good advice such as , “It’s raining, close the window so you don’t get wet.” We also make wonderful dinner company and conversation pieces at your open house. You can put.. read more →

05 May 2008
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What is a “green” architect?

What is a “green” architect?   A “green” architect is a figment of an architect’s imagination. There is no official designation or legal title called “green” architect. Generally a person who uses this marketing title hopes to attract environmentally-conscious clients and believes the “green” label differentiates their business or service. Sometimes professionals use their LEED.. read more →

24 Mar 2008
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How long will it take to design my project?

How long will it take to design my project?   I work at your pace so the design time depends on how quickly you make decisions, but most projects take from 2 to 5 months design time. My shortest design project was a couple days and the longest was two years 8 months and counting… read more →

02 Mar 2008
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What fees should I expect?

What fees can I expect an architect to charge?   Architects charge for time, materials and occassionally travel. Review your architect’s contract to find out when he/she will charge and how much for time versus incidentals. Remember, architects do not sell products so you should expect to pay fees for your architect’s time to produce.. read more →

01 Dec 2007
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What do you need from your clients?

What do you need from your clients?   Most importantly, I need your trust and confidence. I also need clients to participate fully in the many design/communication exercises I share. I need your land survey with topographic information, your covenenant and restrictions and to know your budget. I use the land survey to decide where.. read more →

06 Nov 2007
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What is YOUR style?

What is YOUR style? My style is client-vernacular. That archispeak phrase means I design based on YOUR requirements, site conditions and preferences. I use many communication tools and methods to extract your essence and design in your family style. I’m sorry I drifted into archispeak again. What I mean is I get to know you.. read more →

07 Oct 2007
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