There are many ways to do this and a lot depends on what you are specifically seeking and how you intend to go about the task of finding the right professional.
There is no one size that fits all and each project has its own prerequisites. In the Indian context, it also doesn’t help that not much information is easily available to enable a homeowner to explore possibilities. But there is one factor that applies to all and is often overlooked. Before you start your search for an architect or interior designer it would help if you have your own design preferences sorted out. A clear idea is not essential but a general outline of what you like and what you don’t is a good way to go.
In fact, listing out all the things you don’t like and concepts you don’t find appealing makes things easier for you. It also helps you narrow down options when you are searching for an architect. Needless to say, it also enables prospective architects or interior designers to assess their own ability and inclination to turn your vision into reality.
Why move beyond personal networks? The reasons for this vary:
1. You may not find the right person relying solely on your network of friends and acquaintances. You may be looking for an architect or interior designer who has more to offer in terms of expertise as com- pared with the work you have seen.
2. You may be looking for a professional with a particular skill set and therefore require some one who has more experience in such design, as well as being able to put a competent workforce in place.
3. You may be interested in a niche concept like an eco-friendly home or a more traditional design, which requires an architect or designer well versed with the conceptual framework.
4. You may require the project to be executed in another town/city and would prefer a local architect to oversee the project.
5. You have seen the work of a particular architect or interior designer in a magazine/website and would like something designed along those lines for your project.
6. You would like to explore many options and consider various possibilities before deciding on whom you hire for your home design project.
7. You are primarily looking for a design consultation and would not like to restrict yourself to options
available in your city/town. Even an international architect or designer could be considered.
8. You need an A-list architect for a luxury home and can’t find someone like that via your own personal network.
9. You are looking for a bright young architect, with a few years experience, who will cost you a lot less but has an impressive resume that will bring you talent at an affordable price.
These are just a few considerations. There could be more. Depending on which factors apply and what your specific requirements are, the ways and means to find the right professional present a daunting task that often leads to much frustration.
However, there is a way by which frustration can be transformed into enterprise. It requires you to think beyond conventional word of mouth. In today’s world of integrated communities and social networks, word of mouth potential extends far beyond your immediate circle of friends. Once you see that as an opportunity you will realise that this opens up a lot of possibilities and allows you to explore the design realm with greater confidence.
This is an excerpt from the ebook ‘How to hire an architect’
DELHI ARCHITECTS — A RESOURCE