|Neutra: Mariners Medical Center |
Newport Beach, CA
All that being said, I went with Architect #1. I would say "we," except my husband wasn't involved in the decision at all. Ultimately, we have been pleased with our architect's communication, responsiveness, ideas, design, style and aesthetics. But, one thing, in hind site, I didn't know to ask during architect "interviews" was about work processes. The Architect we chose does exacting hand drawings and doesn't use a computer for design (except for email, thank heavens). I am curious if the other Architect would have used software (he was about 15 years younger). With some automation in the drawing process, I'm sure the costs and elapse time would have been shorter. From architect engagement to approved plans was five months. Another two months passed before we got the plans to the contractors. Seven months total which wasn't unreasonable (or unexpected). In addition, our project was bigger when we started and as we talked to the architect we narrowed the scope to focus on the bathrooms, the heater, and the interior courtyard.
In hindsight, this article would have been helpful from Washington D.C. American Institute of Architects: Interviewing an Architect. This article is good as well, and mentions asking about software (duh): How to Choose an Architect. I like this too: Top 10 Questions to Ask When Interviewing an Architect.