Choosing the Perfect Architectural Design Company for Your Project
The construction process of major projects can be complicated, as it requires specific skills and a cohesive design vision. An architectural design company should not only fulfill the needs of its customers but also act in accordance with the general climate and provide the highest levels of quality, luxury and public safety.
It is never an easy task to select the best-suited architectural design company to undertake a new construction project, but the decision should follow qualifications-based selection (QBS).
First, customers should make sure the chosen company is registered and licensed to practice activities within the industry. Then, the affiliate’s architects also need to be licensed with appropriate professional credentials. Finally, the architectural company should have a good reputation with a good level of stability in the market.
Here are some ways you can ensure you are choosing the right architectural design company for your project.
Get diversified price quotations
Unless you are selecting a specific architectural design company based on a reliable recommendation, it is better to get price quotations from a range of diversified companies to give you a better idea on how companies compete to provide the best in architectural markets.
Each company will often provide an integrated outline along with the price offer so you can compare accurately and select the best based on the offered services, price, timeline, and quality.
Communicate with both clients and staff
Communicating with an architectural design company’s previous clients and current staff provides credibility, especially if it is your first cooperation with the company.
The client also has the right to ask to visit a recent project site or assess the architects’ work by visiting the staff offices in order to closely monitor their work and get more acquainted with their level of experience. Since the client might witness the company’s internals through such visits, it’s worth noting that a chaotic workplace does not necessarily mean a chaotic work result.
Touring previously implemented project sites can give new customers a good idea of how the architectural design company conducts the final finishing touches with regard to design, quality, and chosen materials.
On a separate note, it’s also good to ask about the company’s current schedule, knowing that a quiet agenda means more attention to your project.
An experienced company or a startup
An aspiring startup architectural design company should not automatically be turned down in favour of an experienced one. Each company is established on specific foundations and goals resulting in a diverse level of provided services. Customers should know that in implementing a major project, an emerging, ambitious company filled with creativity and out-of-the-box thinking can be a better choice than an experienced one.
The decision should be made based on the offered level of service. A startup might be the better choice because it could be the company’s only project, in which it will place all capabilities and focus to achieve success. With an experienced company, this project could cause exhaustion to its staff who might also be responsible for many other projects. There is a high possibility of hiring new architects to manage your new project, which could result in improper implementation of the project.
To sum up, when it comes to selecting the best company, the ultimate goal must be to raise the value of the project.
Deciding on the project’s architects
Sometimes, after setting an initial meeting with the architects who will be responsible for implementing the project and agreeing on its details, the customer suddenly finds themselves having to deal with other staff. To ensure this does not happen, a contract or a formal written agreement should clearly mention the exact staff who will take over the whole project.
Hire a project consultant
Hiring an experienced consultant should only be done for major projects due to the huge costs. An architect working as an external consultant to supervise the whole process will give the customer a clear vision on what is the best for their project.