The Art Of Listening

Working collaboratively with the client adds real value to the project outcome

Do you need an Architect ?

If the project is very small and straightforward, it’s possible that the work can be done by a builder without the need for any drawings or an Architect. Why not hire an ‘architectural designer’ to do your drawing work? There are several reasons why this might not be the right approach for your project.

Architects have a minimum of 7 years training in design, construction, contract law, finance, H&S, and statutory regulations before they are fully qualified. Once qualified, Architects are regulated by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), with a professional Code of Conduct to follow along with other legal requirements. Being unregulated, there are no such legal requirements for 'architectural designers' or for them to have any formal design, technical or professional training.

As a fully chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the ARB, MPD Architect Ltd always act with honesty and integrity to give you peace of mind and assurance of quality on your project.

What happens now ?

My starting point for all projects is listening to the clients’ needs. Working together, we can then develop these requirements into your Project Brief. During this development stage I also pay close attention to the site and its surroundings. This is to further understand how it can offer better connections to daylight, nature, space, scale, and choice of materials; all helping to improve our well-being.

We can also discuss any possible constraints, such as planning, site access, budget, and your proposed timescale for the project. I’ll talk you through the whole process from appointment/ surveys, initial ideas, planning, / building regs, through to tender and construction and finally completion.

Taking a hands-on and collaborative approach, i’ll produce a number of sketch design options in 2D and 3D to discuss and explore with you. This process offers lots of questions for us both, as we develop a sustainable, and environmentally aware design solution to meet your needs and the project brief.

The first step is to come out and meet you at the property and have a chat about your requirements and aspirations. Our starting point for all projects is listening to the clients’ needs. From this initial free consultation, I will then put together a fee proposal for my services on the project which is based on the RIBA Plan of Work.

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