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How to Find a Architectural Designer

Finding an Architectural Designer

Whether you simply need building plans or want someone to manage all of the design and construction of your new home, finding the right architectural designer can be a difficult task. Plentific can help you to find the best options with the right skills in your local area, giving you several choices as well as access to customer reviews to help you compare them. By hiring a verified Pro you will also gain coverage from the Plentific Guarantee, which can protect your project from start to finish. With over 75,000 tradesmen registered from across the UK, Plentific is ready to find you the Pro you need, regardless of the job.

Before hiring an architectural designer, have an concise idea of what you want done, as their role can vary between design work to supervising construction.

What does an Architectural Designer do?

An architectural designer is a Pro that you can hire to plan, supervise and facilitate a construction, renovation, extension or conversion project. You may also hire an architectural designer to supervise the restoration or conversion of an existing building. Some candidates will also offer services such as managing your budget and dealing with tradespeople and other professionals during construction.

What do you need to know about finding an Architectural Designer?

Before hiring an architectural designer you must be precisely aware of what you need from them. An architectural designer can be hired to do anything between drafting designs and managing your entire building project. You need to know exactly what you want and how much of a budget you can offer to find a choice to suit you. Being able to discuss this can help your choice to give you a bespoke service, and they may even be able to suggest ways that you can save money.

Make sure to check the background of your choices, as it can be very easy to mistake an architectural designer for an architect, which is a much more specialised profession. For someone to qualify as an architect requires at least seven years of training to obtain the necessary qualifications. They will have to have registered with the ARB (Architects Registration Board), which enforces strict standards and codes of conduct. Being an architectural designer does not require such qualifications, though a good candidate will usually have a relevant degree at the very least. They may also have qualifications in areas like computer assisted design (CAD). Organisations like the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) require their members to have the necessary qualifications, experience and protection, and so a simple way to find a high quality candidate is to check if they belong to such a group.

You can also ask them to present customer reviews from previous jobs to make sure they have the expertise and experience to suit your project. Be wary of freelance architectural designers. To be a successful a freelancer must have years of solid experience and a portfolio of successful projects; a freelancer that lacks this may simply be struggling to find employment with an agency.

What do you need to know about hiring an Architectural Designer?

Your choice should give you a flat, daily or hourly rate after discussing the project. If they need to bring in more people or equipment, be sure to ask if this will incur additional costs. It is advised that you get a flat rate if you can, as this will mean you will know exactly how much you are paying. Be sure to make it clear that your candidate cannot add additional costs without your approval.

Ask your choice about their insurance policies and guarantees, particularly for if you are unsatisfied with their work. While an architectural designer is not legally required to have active Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII), it is advised that you make sure your choice has this. If not, any mistakes could be extremely costly for your project.

Before hiring anyone, make sure that you have a clear and concise contract. It should include a detailed specification of the services you are paying for, a payment schedule and written confirmation of your choice's insurance policies and guarantees.

How much does it cost to hire an Architectural Designer?

The price of hiring an architectural designer is heavily dependant on the size and nature of the job. A technical drawing you can use to apply for planning permission will usually cost at least around £200. Design services, including consultation time and sketches, could cost over £1000.

If the candidate you hire also supervises your project, they will usually charge a small percentage (5-10%) of the overall budget as a fee. Usually the larger the project the lower the percentage will be. You can also negotiate a lump sum, which can help protect you against overspending and hidden fees.

Remember that hiring the right architectural designer for you is not just a matter of price. You should be sure that they can get the job done to your specifications and that you will be comfortable working with them. There may be cheaper options, but when it comes to architecture you very much get what you are willing to pay for.

Latest Architectural Designer Jobs

Byrne in DH1

I am looking for an architect / planning consultant for a proposed single or possible double storey extension for an end of terrace house in Durham Council. The architect must have knowledge of local council regulations.

Andrew C. in HP4

Drawings for a 2 story side extension to a linked detached house to include a bedroom above existing garage and a utility room on the ground floor. Upper floor to be accessible via existing stair case. Utility accessible from rear garden.

Alessio D. in SW14

Hello there, I would like to extend my one bedroom flat. I currently own the top floor of a converted victorian mid terrace building situated on Upper Richmond Road West in East Sheen. My plan is to convert the loft into a liveable space. However the current loft height is just 1900mm from the roof pitch and the only solution would be lowering the ceilings throughout the property. I'm not willing to do that but I rather go for a solution of a mezzanine space with a dormer extension at the back of the building. Adding a mezzanine would give me a double height in the living / kitchen area and some extra liveable space on the mezzanine itself (possibly to work as an office/guests accommodation/extra entertainment space). Some adjustments to the layout of the rest of the property also might be required. I am looking for a well thought design. In terms of actual building works, I'm wiling to work myself on the finishes and provide most of the finishes materials.

Richard S.

I have a blank canvass, comprising a small 1930's three bed semi-detached bungalow. It has been vacant for approx 2 years and was formerly occupied by an old lady. Refurbishment will include a replacement kitchen and bathroom, together with the creation, from existing space, of an en-suite to the principal bedroom. Electrical services will need to be revamped and thereafter new floor finishes and full redecoration will follow. Broadly, the parameters of this element of the project will be determined by budgetary considerations, including a recognition of local property values. Beyond this scope - if funds stretch - I also have a 'wish list' primarily in relation to some hard landscaping in the gardens. The property is in a Conservation area.

Latest Architectural Designer Reviews

by Kavita S.
Elie and team went above and beyond to ensure that my application was thorough and accurately reflected what I wanted to achieve. Their project management and responsiveness was excellent and the team's personable nature made a difficult situation much easier for me to deal with. I am happy to say the application was approved and I would highly recommend Osborne Planning for any of your planning needs.
by Patrick D.
Provided quick and efficient service to a high professional standard
by Kerry F.
Manaf was very professional and friendly. He was quick to reply and answer any questions I had. Happy with the work produced and would recommend his service. Thanks
by Matthew L.
Very quick to respond and book in a site inspection for our project and also quick turnaround with the calculations all for a competitive price. Would definitely use again.