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The Role of the Architect
:: WHY USE AN ARCHITECT?
:: HOW TO SELECT AN ARCHITECT
:: THE STEPS OF USUAL SERVICES
:: FEES AND CONTRACTS
:: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Caribbean is blessed with many good architects, with many years of experience under their belts. So how do you pick the right one for your project? Here are some pointers to get you started.

Clients often appoint an architect who is known to them or who has been recommended, or whose work they admire. This can be a sound initial response, but a more structured process of selection is desirable where matching requirements with the range of skills and services available has to be more precise.

Call each firm on your shortlist, describe your project and ask if they are available to accommodate it. If so, request literature that outlines the firm's qualifications and experience. Ask to see a portfolio of work, or to visit finished buildings and visit their websites. Above all talk to your intended architect. It is important to ensure that you are compatible. Your architects must convince you both of their creativity and their ability to get things done.

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