Chester & Cheshire

How To Find an Architect?

It is important when looking for an architect in Chester to find someone that is well respected and has the right skills to make sure that your next project is a success. We have put together a list below to help you along the way to avoid choosing the wrong one and being out of pocket because of it.

Where to look?

If you want to find the right architect for your project then you will need to do your research. Take a look at portfolios and more importantly as your friends and family if they have used an architect before, what their experience was like and if they have any recommendations. Having recommendations first hand will give you that confidence you need especially if it is from someone you trust. Consulting with an Interior Designer Chester may be able to give you a good indication as they work directly with architects too.

Take a look at architects past projects and have a look at the type of design that they do – not all architects will have the same design eye so choosing one that best suits your needs is best to avoid mistakes and costly quotes. Those with more experience in that type of design will also give you more confidence as you have already seen it done before.


Shortlisting your preferred architect can be difficult. There are a lot of different ‘types’ of architect out there, and we don’t just mean by their design preferences. You may find when you are looking around that some class themselves as architects and others as architectural designers. The only main difference between the two is that architects are registered with the Architects Registration Board and have to adhere to a strict code of conduct. Architectural designers on the other hand aren’t registered but that doesn’t mean to say the level of work isn’t up there with registered architects.

The best thing to do is weigh up the pros and cons of each and decide for yourself what is the best fit for you.

Choosing an architect

Once you’ve shortlisted your preferred architects it’s time to then start getting a quote and meeting with prospective architects. Follow these steps below and you will be well on your way in appointing the right one.

  1. Give a brief to each architect outlining what you want done and a rough budget. This is your opportunity to find out from them what type of work they specialise in and what their availability is. The clearer the brief the better as you are less likely to be disappointed with the outcome.

  2. Meet each architect at your home so they can scope out the works and get a rough idea in their head.

  3. Ask to see a portfolio and previous clients

  4. Make sure you are comfortable working with them. The last thing you want is to appoint an architect that isn’t on your level. You need to work with your chosen architect and having one that you don’t necessarily get one with is a no-no.

  5. Ask them about fees. Some architects work on an hourly fee, whereas others work to a flat fee or even to a percentage. 

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