Guide to Commissioning and Briefing Your Architect


Commissioning a building project is a big decision that involves committing a considerable sum of money. It is essential that you get it right and get the most out of the process. You want to have a team on your side that understands your needs and effectively translates these into your finished building. All this needs to be done to your timescale and, most importantly, to your budget. This guide will help you to navigate through the process.

To make it as easy as possible to access the information you need we have set out this guide as a series of questions and answers. If there is something that is not tackled here please do contact the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), ARB (Architects Registration Board) or you could email or speak to us and we will be happy to help.





Guide Structure:


Just click on one of the questions to go to that section or download the whole guide here.


1. Engagement


What is the difference between an Architect and an Architectural Technician/ Draughtsman?


How are fees calculated?


What can I expect to pay?



2. Briefing


How do I brief my Architect?


What is the best way to communicate my thoughts?