Few people realize how complicated it is to build - until they find themselves lost in the maze of design options, building codes, zoning laws, contractors, and so on.  No two projects are exactly the same, so there is no single, clear-cut path.

  An architect is a qualified professional with the education, training, experience, vision, and license to guide you through the entire design and construction process, from helping you define what you want to build - to helping get the most for your construction dollar.

  Architects look at the big picture. They don’t just design four walls and a roof - they create total environments, interiors and exteriors, that satisfy functional needs and are exciting, dynamic spaces in which to work and live.

Whether you are remodeling, adding on, or building from scratch, you should first consult with an architect.  He or she will help ensure that you have a well-designed project that meets your needs and works with your budget and time frame.  Your architect will also help you work with contractors and other construction professionals.

It's always a good idea to confirm your architect is in good standing with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, who regulate and maintain registration for all architects licensed to practice in the state.  A registered architect, interior designer, or landscape architect is required to adhere to specific standards and criteria set forth in law, including acquiring continued professional education every year.  It is against the law for any individual to claim to be an architect, landscape architect or interior designer and not, in fact, be registered.  Visit TBAE for general information about architectural registration.

Helpful Resources
20 Questions to Ask Yourself Before you Get Started on a Project (pdf)
20 Questions to Ask an Architect Before you Get Started on a Project (pdf)
Working with an AIA Architect
Architectural Fees
How Design Works
The Value of an Architect
Center for Communities by design
Historic Preservation
Sustainable Design
Contract Documents
Document Families
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

CRANtv - How To Choose An Architect For Your Project

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