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Download our ‘Meeting with your architect’ form below, which guides you through the key areas for discussion with your architect. This free template features questions to help you and your architect get the most from your first meeting.

At your first meeting it will be important to talk about your building project so your architect has a clear understand what you are looking for.

Architects are highly qualified and will be able to advise you, but if they suggest something that you are not comfortable with, don’t be afraid to say so. If you both clearly understand what you want at this early stage, it may help the project run smoothly. It is your project, and your architect will want to make sure that you are satisfied with the end result.

You should also talk to your architect about:

  • what their fee will be
  • how often they will update you on the progress of your project
  • keeping you informed of anything which might affect the quality and cost of your project
  • what information they need from you before they start work

Usually you will need to provide some extra information to do with the project, for example, you may need to check deeds or find out who owns a wall.

When you have agreed with your architect what you want them to do, they must record the terms of the contract in writing. At the very least, the contract should state:

  • how much work you need the architect to do
  • what the fee will be, or how it will be worked out
  • who will be responsible for what
  • whether there are any special terms for settling disputes

Your architect must also let you know that you can complain to us if you have concerns about their conduct or competence that they can’t sort out.  Architects are expected to follow the professional standards that we set as their regulator.  These expectations are laid out the Architects Code.  You can find out more by visiting the information page what to expect from your architect.