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How to choose an architect

Building a house or an extension can be daunting – and if you get it wrong you will have to live with the consequences for a long time. But you’ll increase your chances of getting it right if you engage the services of an architect.

 

Craig Taylor of Red Blue Architecture and Design says people often wondered what to look when choosing an architect for their projects.

 

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Wendy & Craig Taylor of Red Blue Architecture and Design

 

“Is it reputation, talent, portfolio or simply that you like the things they have done?” he says. “There are really only two essential qualities that your architect must have: they are integrity – both professional and personal, and creative skill.

“If an architect has integrity, he will always have your best interests at heart and will never put his desires above yours.

“But integrity can mean nothing if the architect has not the creative skills to make your dreams come to life.”

 

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Craig says it is important to ensure the architect could back up their claims with substance.

“A well crafted website can be seductive, and a presentation by a persuasive architect can be misleading,” he says.

So how can you tell if an architect has the qualities you need?

 

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“Tell them what makes your life special, what your personal goals are and what ideas are important to you,” Craig says.

“See if they are really listening to what you are saying and not simply nodding while thinking ‘Oh, I’ve done that before, and I know exactly what they need’.

“An architect with integrity will listen to you and respect who you are. And the creative architect will not just hear what you say, but understand what you mean and in the end design for you something far beyond what you might have ever imagined.”

 

More information: redblue.com.au and architecture.com.au.

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Phyllis Stylianou

Phyllis Stylianou is a journalist with 35 years’ experience as a reporter, sub-editor and editor. Writing is the great love of her life (after her family) – as is renovating old homes and building new ones (which she’s embarking on again!) So writing about everything to do with building, renovating and gardening is her passion.

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