Dear building owner, did you retain your architect’s services during construction? If the answer is no, why not?
I have heard too many times that it is common for architects to hand over their construction drawings to their clients only to have no further contributions or input during construction (unless there is a problem of course).
I am talking about situations where the architect is working for the client/owner/end user and not directly for a contractor or developer.
Let me briefly interject that retaining your architect during the construction phase is not only the standard or expectation when hiring an architect, it is the phase where you need the architect the most. We could refer to countless articles on this subject and make long lists of reasons, but for now I’ll simply say don’t let go of the person who knows the design and the documents best if you care about…
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