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FAQS

WHY DO YOU NEED AN ARCHITECT?

"You can use an eraser on the draughting table, or a sledgehammer on the construction site" - Frank Lloyd Wright

Architects are chartered professionals. Like doctors and lawyers, we have completed university degrees and diplomas and lengthy practical experience, and we have passed a series of rigorous exams set down by SACAP (South African Council for the Architectural Profession). No other building professional is trained in design and construction to such a level of expertise. Our minimum 7-year training covers many areas, ranging from design to structural engineering, contract law and building science.

HOW IS RAA DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ARCHITECTURE FIRMS?

Architecture should be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. We are committed to excellence in flow and design. We are passionate and committed to our clients’ vision and a sustainable built environment. We aim to design buildings and spaces that excite our clients and serve a purpose. Richter & Associates Architects value quality over quantity and each project receive the individual attention it deserves from start to completion.

HOW TO WORK WITH YOUR ARCHITECT WHEN DESIGNING YOUR BUILDING:

Have your own ideas before meeting with an architect - This will help your architect formalize your ideas and guide them toward what you envision. Collecting images, floor plans, materials and even inspiration from nature, fashion, buildings and everyday lifestyle pictures will help your architect when meeting with you.

Interviewing an architect to match your style - Choose a design professional with a similar design philosophy as yourself. Ensure that the firm you hire has sufficient expertise in the size and scope of the home design or commercial project you are interviewing them for. Ask for references as well as a portfolio to see recent and past projects.

Consider your budget in advanceBefore meeting with an architect have a rough estimate of a budget in mind. This will help your architect explain what design effort will be “in scope” and what other items may need to be put on hold for the future or carried out on a smaller scale, different materials, etc.

Entrust that your architect has the best design intentionsArchitects have to wear many hats and perform many roles when designing your home or building. From the structural integrity of your building to the comfortability of heating and cooling to electrical and civil engineering. Architects love to hear your ideas, but they also know what will provide an aesthetically pleasing structure, while being comfortable and safe.