Frequently Asked Questions

What role does the client play in the architectural design process?

The client’s role is at the core of the architectural or interior design process. Everything the architect does is to achieve the vision established with the client. The client knows they want a . . . Read More...


How long does the architectural process take?

The timeline varies with each project type. Actual construction is usually the longest phase of a project, thus retaining an architect for construction administration is helpful for reducing . . . Read More...


What is the process from architectural design through construction?

Most architects employ a five stage process: 1. Schematic Design Review multiple concepts that solve the client’s need. 2. Design Development Develop the best concept to a point where . . . Read More...


How is an architect compensated?

An architect may ask for a flat fee, or they may bill hourly. Either way, the compensation is usually equivalent to a certain percentage of the project’s total budget.


Does an architect add substantial cost to a project?

An architect’s fees are not insignificant, but they must be considered in a wider context. Some architects charge 12-15% of a project’s budget. Retaining M. Grisafe, with their client-centric . . . Read More...


How do I find the right architect for my project?

Visit The American Institute of Architects to search for AIA members in your area. Be sure to verify the architect is licensed in the state your project site is located. Try to find an architect . . . Read More...


Do I need an architect for my project?

With increased jurisdictional requirements the stamp of a design professional is needed for most commercial and residential projects where you are doing anything more than redecorating. An . . . Read More...


What exactly does an architect do?

An architect designs structures, interiors, and landscapes to give beauty, function, and strength to the built environment. A good architecture firm delivers this with an exceptional standard of . . . Read More...