How to Work With the Right Architect

Architects play a vital role in any property development. Which means finding a good one and building an effective partnership are essential elements in ensuring a project’s success. We reveal what to look for when choosing an architect, the costs involved and how you can put together a top quality brief that builds the foundation for a successful project.

1. Why do I need a good architect?

2. What does an architect do?

3. Benefits of working with a good architect

4. Choosing an architect 

5. How much does an architect cost?

6. Putting together a brief for an architect

7. Working with an architect

8. Working with an architect for property developers FAQ

One of the building blocks of property development is working with an architect.

Architects add value to a project by putting your vision down on paper and smoothing the planning and building process.

To build an effective partnership, you need to understand what an architect can bring to your property development.

Brickflow has created this guide to help developers with everything they need to know about working with an architect.

Questions to ask your architect

Here are some of the questions you can ask potential architects to establish if they are the right fit for your development:

  • Have they worked on any similar projects?
  • Do they have the availability to work with you to your timescales?
  • What is their track record like, and how experienced are they in managing planning processes with a local authority?
  • Can they provide references and how do their previous clients feel they delivered against their brief?
  • What are their qualifications and experience?
  • Does their portfolio match what you want from your development?

Take time to contact at least three architects to talk about your project so you can compare prices and explore your options before deciding.

How do I manage the quality of a development??

The buck stops with the developer, but you can delegate the responsibility to your architect or another professional.

This includes inspecting the work, managing queries or issues as they arise, deciding what action is needed and ensuring that budgets and payments are under control.

How does an architect deal with planning issues?

An architect should have a workflow to look after planning issues. This starts with your brief and steps through designing the development to ensure the conditions for all permissions and licences are met.

It includes drafting technical drawings, tendering works and supervising construction to the required standard. 

What happens if I fall out with the architect?

Unfortunately, some business relationships do break under the strain of developing property, but as a professional your architect will be registered with the Architects Registration Board, which has a code of conduct and grievance procedure, much like an ombudsman.

Is the developer responsible for site safety?

Yes, the developer has responsibility for health and safety on site but can delegate some to an architect.
The role of managing site health and safety is laid out in The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, which are available from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Is there a custom contract for architects and developers?

Yes. Your architect should have a template contract from one of the professional bodies that should do the job.


Find Out More

View the Brickflow video Sourcing A Good Architect on YouTube.