Should you work with an architect?
This is a question that people often skip when starting a project. It's worth a read before you run off to select your architect. You'll want to consider your project scope, available time, building sophistication / design-related issues, as well as approach to larger projects.
Architects work closely with clients to make sure that project designs match their needs, as well as being functional, safe and economical. Architects lead a project from start to finish; and work with a number of construction professionals, including surveyors and engineers, producing drawings and specifications that the construction team needs.
Architects are involved in the beginning stages of building a project, from developing ideas with the client, establishing budgets, assessing the needs of the building and its public, as well as its impact within the local environment.