Building projects are complex and unique, requiring navigation through design options, building codes, zoning laws, and contractor coordination. Architects possess the education, training, experience, and vision to guide you through this intricate process, ensuring your project is well-designed, functional, and cost-effective.

  • They create holistic environments, integrating interiors and exteriors that meet functional needs and provide dynamic spaces.
  • They address both remodeling and new constructions, working with contractors to deliver projects on time and within budget.
  • They translate needs into functional spaces, offering innovative solutions you might not consider.
  • They adapt designs to evolving business or personal needs, ensuring future flexibility.
  • Efficient designs reduce construction and operational costs.
  • They maximize energy efficiency, saving on utility bills.
  • They help select durable, cost-effective materials.
  • Good design enhances property value and attractiveness.
  • They coordinate with engineers and other experts.
  • They handle building codes and zoning laws.
  • They recommend and oversee qualified contractors, ensuring adherence to plans and specifications.
  • Choose an architect whose style and approach align with your needs.
  • Gather recommendations and check qualifications, including AIA membership.
  • Interview potential architects to gauge compatibility and discuss your project in detail.
  • To find an AIA architect at a firm near you, click here.
  • Fees vary based on the project’s nature and complexity, often charged hourly, by a fixed fee, or as a percentage of construction costs. Discuss and agree on the fee structure with your architect.
  • Work closely with your architect throughout the project, ensuring your needs and preferences are met.
  • Formalize your agreement in writing, outlining the scope, services, schedule, budget, and compensation.

By hiring an architect, you invest in expertise that ensures your project is well-designed, cost-effective, and aligned with your vision.

The New York State Education Department, under The Board of Regents’ direction, administers professional regulation through its Office of the Professions, assisted by the State Boards for the Professions.

An architect, licensed and registered in New York, provides services related to the design and construction of buildings and the spaces around them, where the safeguarding of life, health, property, and public welfare is concerned. These design and construction services typically include consultation, evaluation, planning, preliminary studies, design, construction documents and management, and administration of construction contracts.

An architect’s license is issued by the New York State Education Department. Architects must register with the Education Department every three years and complete continuing education to re-register.

You may verify an architects license through the New York State Office of the Professions online license verification service.

To protect the public in New York State, the New York State Education Department’s Office of the Professions (OP) looks into and takes action against professional misconduct in all professions except medicine. Professional misconduct happens when a licensed professional does not meet the expected standards of their field.

To learn more about professional misconduct or to file a complaint, click here.