How to Work With an Architect

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The prospect of working with an architect can be daunting. What exactly is an architect? Do you really need an architect? How do you find a good architect? What questions should you ask an architect? How do you negotiate a contract with an architect? All of these questions and more are addressed in this indispensable guide for anyone considering remolding an existing home or building a new home.

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Overview

The prospect of working with an architect can be daunting. What exactly is an architect? Do you really need an architect? How do you find a good architect? What questions should you ask an architect? How do you negotiate a contract with an architect? All of these questions and more are addressed in this indispensable guide for anyone considering remolding an existing home or building a new home.

The remolding and construction process is undoubtedly easier, more enjoyable, and more fruitful when you have the benefit of a professional architect's expertise at your disposal. In How to Work with an Architect, noted architect Gerald Lee Morosco, AIA, reveals the essential criteria for a successful architect/client relationship, describing the benefits of working with an architect and illuminating how an architect adds immeasurable value to a project.

Focusing primarily on single-family residential design, Morosco presents a thorough discussion of the collaboration process. He also offers a brief history of the profession, with features on prominent architects and their philosophies. In addition, there is ancillary information on the American Institute of Architects, NCARB, State Licensing Boards, the Taliesin Fellows Directory, and much more.

With a plethora of color photos and plan drawings, this book is an invaluable resource for first timers considering the advantages of working with an architect as well as those who have already enlisted the services of a seasoned professional. At your fingertips, you'll find sound advice, practical tips, and solid information from a renowned architect who is a frontrunner in the industry.

Gerald Lee Morosco, AIA, is an architect, writer and lecturer of national reputation. Graduating with honors from Washington & Jefferson College, he pursued his education as an architect by way of an apprenticeship at Taliesin where he lived and worked in the Taliesin Fellowship established by Frank Lloyd Wright. He is the founder and president of Gerald Lee Morosco Architects, P. C., a preservation-based architectural firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he also makes his home. His projects have been featured in Metropolitan Home, Inspired House, Old House Journal, Old House Interiors, Style 1900, as well as on Home & Garden Television.

Ed Massery has created award-winning photography for more than 15 years. Specializing in architectural interior and exterior photography, his work is recognized for its craft and quality. His photography has been showcased in numerous publications, including Art & Architecture of St. Bernard Church, Architecture of Benno Jannsen, Michael Graves: Buildings and Projects 1995-2003, Light of Louis Poulsen, Architectural Record and Architecture. Massery has completed many notable commissions and exhibits, including photographing a building that incorporated Art Deco design for the Heinz Architectural Center of the Carnegie Museum.

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Lamenting that the book he would give his clients-John Milnes Baker's How To Build a House with an Architect-is out of print, Morosco, founder of a preservation-based architectural firm in Pittsburgh, has written a guide to explain the value of working with an architect. First he discusses what an architect can do for a client, matters of education and licensing, the difference between an architect and other design professionals, and the advantages of working with an architect. He then delineates how a client and an architect should work together, explaining what to expect from the relationship and the architect's duties each step of the way. The text is illustrated mostly with color photos and design plans of Morosco's work. This guide for both amateurs and professionals is recommended for collections large and small. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423600077
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/24/2006
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 9.64 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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How Do I Find an Architect?

At the conclusion of my presentations on how to work with an architect at various forums across the county, the most repeated question I receive from clients is, How do I find an architect?

Based on the answers from others in the audiences and by way of experience in my own practice, the most common, and the best initial methodology to seek out an architect is to ask for recommendations from friends, coworkers, and acquaintances who have had previous experience in working with an architect. As with many things in life, word of mouth remains one of the most reliable means of introduction. Keep in mind, however, that one client's Prince Charming may well turn out to be another's toad, and no amount of kissing will achieve the transformation if the essential chemistry between the parties is not right.

There are a great number of architects and architectural firms from which you can evaluate potential partners for the conception and delivery of a residential project. Nevertheless, with a little investigation, you will quickly discern that many, many architects and architectural firms simply do not engage in residential practice at all! Of those that may consider such work, fewer still will entertain projects for alterations or additions to existing dwellings. Others may be quite specific (i.e., particular) regarding the "style" of architecture in which they are comfortable, or capable of, working within. Preliminary questions are best posed in an initial conversation over the telephone with the prospective architectural firm.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

What Is an Architect?

Do I Really Need an Architect?

How Do I Find an Architect?

Where Should I Build or Buy?

How Do We Get Started?

How Do We Work Together?

How Does the Project Come Together?

What Makes It Great?

Resources

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