A 6-Step Guide to Choosing the Right Architecture Firm for Your Next Property Development
Written By AD&V®
ABOUT THE AUTHOR | AD&V® is dedicated to advanced and energy-efficient sustainable architecture & interior design that enhances people’s experience of the world and improves their lives.
A STRONG PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN A PROPERTY DEVELOPER AND AN ARCHITECTURE FIRM IS FUNDAMENTAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS.
An architecture firm that understands property development can provide a great design, expedite permit approvals, and help developers avoid numerous project-related problems and obstacles. Here is a 6-step guide to choosing the right architecture firm for your next property development.
1. RESEARCH DIFFERENT ARCHITECTURE FIRMS
When looking for the right architecture firm to partner with for your next property development, the first thing you should do is research different architecture firms that interest you.
Browse their websites and see what services they offer, the projects they have designed, their location, and any other information you may find useful to help make your selection. Once you’ve done some research, make a list of the firms that caught your attention.
2. SEE IF YOU HAVE SHARED VALUES
To help narrow down your list of different architecture firms verify if any of the firms’ mission, vision, and values align with your own. Be aware that companies may have written values, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they put them into practice. Look for alignment, call them up and see if they are who they present themselves to be.
Working with an architecture firm that shares your values will provide you with a like-minded partner that will work with you to create meaningful and fulfilling projects.
3. CHECK THEIR EXPERIENCE & CREDIBILITY
Something else to consider is the firm’s experience and credibility. Find out how many years of experience the firm has, and if they have worked on the type of property developments that you’re going to be working on.
Check the clients they have worked with to verify their credibility as an established architecture firm. The more experience the architecture firm has with the type of property development that you want to materialize, the better the chances are that your project will be successful.
4. FIND OUT IF THEY HAVE A GOOD REPUTATION
Working with an architecture firm that has a good reputation for having a productive relationship with their clients, can only help move projects forward. Ask around, and take a look at the online reviews for the architecture firms that you’re interested in working with to find out if they provide and deliver quality services to their customers.
Architecture firms that have a good reputation are trusted by professionals across all industries and therefore people are more willing to cooperate and work with them.
5. SCHEDULE A MEETING
After doing your research, evaluate each firm, narrow down your list of candidates, and schedule a meeting with the top three firms. Pay attention to how each architecture firm interacts with you when you meet. How they communicate and treat you in your meeting will reflect who they are, how they work with their clients, and what they stand for.
Actions always speak louder than words. See which one you have a rapport with and gets you. This is an intimate relationship and it’s important that you feel you can trust the firm you choose to work with.
6. CHOOSE THE RIGHT FIRM FOR YOU
Picking the right architecture firm to partner up with for your next property development is a process that requires research, and evaluation. A solid partnership with an architecture firm will enable you to deliver remarkable property developments for clients, investors, and everyone involved. Choosing the right architecture firm will allow for better profits and less risk.