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AIA Minnesota has developed very helpful information for consumers to learn about how to hire and work with an architect and what to expect in the building process. Download the pdf version below or contact the AIA Minnesota office for a hard copy.

How to Hire the Right Architect

If you represent a public or private institution, individual or company planning a construction project this information will advise you in hiring an architect to help you make the critical decisions that get your project off to the right start. Learn about the steps and decisions involved in hiring an architect: the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposals (RFP) process, setting the requirements and vision for your project, determining budget and schedule, dealing with zoning and health, safety and welfare issues and working with public authorities who will review your project.

Working with an Architect
Are you a homeowner with a building project and looking to work with an architect? Ask yourself the 20 questions suggested to begin thinking about your project-whether a new residence, addition or remodel-and questions to ask when interviewing a potential architect.

You and Your Architect
This information, compiled by AIA National, suggests how to get started with a building project, helps you define needs and expectations, provides advice on how to interview and select an architect, explains the variety of services architects can provide, and guides you through negotiating an agreement between the owner and architect, including project schedule and compensation.

Understanding Project Delivery
Get an explanation of the different relationships between people involved in the building process such as architect, contractor, vendor, construction manager, building owner. You'll also find a glossary of terms, definitions of different types of project delivery such as design-build and design-bid-build, as well as a list of 20 questions to ask in the delivery of public projects.

Environmental Design Checklist
This checklist gives you questions to think about and to ask your architect relating to site planning, energy, building materials, and more--all with a sustainable design approach. It was created by the AIA Minnesota Committee on the Environment.

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