Understanding an architect or interior designer’s philosophy and methodology goes a long way in helping you assess whether the firm is ideal for your home design project. Rather than ask the designer to give you a brief on how they will handle your project, it will put them more at ease if you ask them to walk you through the design aspects of a project they have recently completed, or one from their portfolio that you particularly like. This conveys to the designer that you aren’t picking his/her brain for ideas and that you are genuinely interested in the process of ‘designing’ and ‘creating’. It helps you understand the architect/designer better and evaluate if he/she is the right person for you.
In your initial meetings with an architect/ designer it is advisable to outline your various requirements and expectations. This could be from a design perspective or even related to finances. A clear picture would enable a design professional to understand you better and prevent gaps in communication at a later stage.
Sometimes it is better to have a few informal meetings away from the office as well. This is because the relationship between an architect and a homeowner is by nature an intensely personal one and figuring out the dynamics is an essential component of decision-making.
The architects approach: In your preliminary discussions try and gain an understanding of how the process would work on a stage-by-stage basis. You may have significantly different ways of approaching the same aspects and it is important for both parties to understand each other in this context.
This is an excerpt from the ebook ‘How to hire an architect’