How to Select the Right Architect for Your Project

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Major construction projects often represent once-in-a-career visioning opportunities for those who will ultimately occupy the new building, and the process will likely span several years from concept to completion. Selecting the ideal architect (or architects) to partner with throughout that process may rank among the most important decisions an organization will ever make. The stakes are high. Failure to get it right means living with — and in — the end result of that decision for decades to come.

"Selecting an architect is like jumping into a pool. You can't partially do so," says RDG Planning & Design principal Jack Patton. "When you are confident the water temperature is right, the lane is clear, and the workout will be great, you need to commit."

AB asked several architects with extensive athletics, fitness and recreation resumes for their advice to would-be clients and discovered several common themes among their suggested selection criteria. Here are five factors that warrant particular attention:

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