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Working with an Architect

The most successful architectural projects are creative collaborations that take the client, the architect, and the builder on a hugely satisfying journey as initial ideas and concepts are transformed into a solid three dimensional reality. Like almost any other relationship it requires good communication, mutual respect and trust, and a little chemistry.

Architects are passionate about their work and uphold a longstanding tradition of creativity, innovation and professional excellence. It’s their role is to delight and surprise you with ideas you would never have thought of (that’s why you’ve engaged them). Be open-minded, but don’t be passive. If this is the first time you have used an architect, make sure you are fully informed about the process. Read more about this at

Be very clear about who has responsibility for what. Ask lots of questions and make sure you always feel totally comfortable about the direction the project is heading in. Don’t move on to the next design development phase until you are fully satisfied that you know what the expectations are on both sides. You are entering into a business relationship with your architect and clear communication is essential.

You should expect to sign an NZIA Agreement for Architect's Services before commencing the design process. The Agreement for Architect's Services will cover the scope of services to be provided, how fees and costs will be charged and any special conditions of service.

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