Why use a Chartered Architect?

A client centred service, value for money, freedom from worry and imagination are just some of the reasons why using a chartered architect makes sense.

A Client Centred Service

Architects can provide a service that extends well beyond producing a set of drawings. Adept at identifying the needs and aspirations of their clients, architects will bring their special skills, knowledge and experience to a project.

Value for money

Not only can architects provide value for money, but professional attention to detail will achieve value through the most efficient use of space, and careful selection of materials and finishes. Environmental sensitivity, energy efficiency, low running and maintenance costs can bring extra benefits to your project.

Freedom from worry

Architects can guide you through the complex procedures of planning permission and building regulations and monitor the builder’s programme of works through to completion. RIAS members are obliged to carry professional indemnity insurance.


Whether you are looking for tradition or innovation, boldness or understatement, an architect can lift your project out of the ordinary. Anyone can alter a building. It takes an architect to do it with flair, imagination and style.

Undertaking a building project, whatever its scale, can be a daunting experience, but the same basic criteria apply, be it a simple house extension or a large office development. When you use a chartered architect you are employing someone who has undertaken seven years’ architectural training, the longest in the building industry. Anyone styling themselves ‘building consultant’, ‘architectural designer’, ‘plan drawer’ and so on is unlikely to be an architect, and does not have comparable skill or knowledge.

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