Architect or Designer?
Should I choose an architect? Or should I choose a designer?
There’s no hard and fast rule for this. But think of the architectural team as the legal department of the design business.
The architectural team understands the rules and regulations for everything that needs to happen with your project for it to be processed by the Department of Buildings, whether it’s ADA compliant American Disabilities Act, whether it has the right space in light, they will bring engineers and various subcontractors into the program so that they can design or they can draw up your plans, really specifically, so they get passed by the Department of Buildings and everything is done to code.
The design team, they can take on very large projects and they will subcontract an architect to process everything through the Department of Buildings.
So if your project is more design heavy, you’re doing a new kitchen, new bathrooms, new electrical all the way through new air conditioning, but perhaps not gutting the entire project.
Maybe it’s 20 or 30% reconfiguration. You might choose to go with a designer that subcontracts an architect for the Department of Buildings process.
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