I have had my own architectural practice for over 25 years. I have kept a small office because I enjoy the profession and it enables me to stay close to my clients and provide efficient service by not being too large of an office.
My service stands out partly because of my ability to be versitile in my ability to design many styles of architecture. I cater to the needs and wants of my clients.
I enjoy many things about the profession of architecture. The challenge is wonderful. You have to be a good designer, mathematician, psycologist and diplomat, manager and it goes on. Every project is different and because I work closely with my clients they become my friends. I especially love making my clients happy with the rsults of the project.
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Initially developing rapore and trust to insure good clear and honest communication. Once hired, I have an in depth design meeting in order to assimilate the needs, wants and architecture style and scope of project. I then do a concept or concepts depending on the project. Then present design concepts to the client and work the design as necessary to accomplish satisfaction from the client on the design. I then complete working drawings, procure a permit, get bids from builders and mange the project as much as is needed to it's final completion.
5 1/2 years of college. 4 years of carpentry and construction management. 7 years working in medium to large architectural firms and 25 years of running my own office.
My fees generally run between 4% and 8% of the cost of construction based on a $95.00 per hour rate.
My first employment was in Glendale, California with an architect and then I worked in Van Nuys for a structural engineer designing houses.
Everyone from friends and family to the president of Mitsubishi and the vice president of AutoDesk. I have worked for many doctors, attorneys and business men and women.
I designed a 4,000 square foot home that had many water features included in it. The entry courtyard has a mote surrounding it with three bridges in different locations to access the house from. Also, a swimming pool with an elevated waterfall and a sunken Tiki bar on the other side.
Hire someone that you like and feel comfortable with. Check out the references and inspect the work they have done.
What is a realistic budget for what they want to do. They may research building costs as well. Look at styles of architecture from the surrounding neighborhood to photos in books and magazines so that they are better equipped to communicate their likes and dislikes to their architect.