Work with an architect for your development

Appointing an architect from an early stage of your project is central to creating value and maximising your investment.

Building projects are complex and, as a consequence, carry risk. The best way to manage that risk is to appoint an architect, who will champion your vision. They can set up and lead the design team, manage the consultation and planning application process, and help you select the most appropriate procurement process and contractor. They will advise not just on how to optimise the construction budget but also on how to minimise the cost of operating the building.

Hodder + Partners on site © Alice Masters

An architect will work with you to understand your needs and support your strategic decision making. From the earliest stage, your architect can assess the site, set out your options, carry out feasibility studies and help you develop your brief.

Architects add value, whether it comes from designing a scheme that is attractive to the market, changing a building’s use, improving its functionality, increasing capacity or making it more buildable.

Choosing an RIBA-accredited Chartered Practice for your property development project will give you peace of mind. They comply with strict criteria covering insurance, health and safety and quality management systems. They range from sole practitioners to large firms operating worldwide - so you'll be able to find the right match for you.

For more information about working with an architect for your development, read our guide.

Read our collection of articles designed to help homeowners make informed decisions on their self build, renovation, extension or conversion projects via our Find an Architect service.

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