How do I select best architect for my Bungalow Project

Updated: Jun 18

Choosing the best creative architect for your dream home, is not a decision to be taken lightly. The architect setting the tone for your entire project. He/she must be an invaluable problem solver, a good listener, and the one keeping your budget on track. No matter how much time, pinterst or google search, monetary budget and resources you decide to employ in your dream, unless the captain of the ship knows where its going, greatness can never be achieved.

Architecture, by the nature of the business, is a service-based profession. Architects provide design services and typically bundle other administrative, planning, and construction services into their fee. Each architecture firm is structured differently, has varied design aesthetic preferences, and is skilled at different subsets of the profession. While not exhaustive here are a few thoughts to use as a starting point to get the candidate that’s right for you and your house.

Why typical quotation based selection doesn’t work:

Architects’ fees typically vary from 1.5% to 7.5% (min. 5% as per Council of Architecture, Govt. of India guidelines) and about 10%-15% for Interiors, of actual project cost depending on the complexity and size of a project and architect’s scope in it. For Multi-family residential projects, 2.5%-5% is more of a rational figure including the structural design, basic services design, and periodic supervision. (while in New Town one can find a few firms working even below 1% which may imply that the firm may not be design-oriented and may be going to sell you one of their typical ready-made solutions, or, maybe looking for other, perhaps unethical, avenues to ensure the profit). For the selection of architect thus never go for the lowest bidder as to minimize fees one have to customized service thus, the project eventually be costing much more or end-up with poor quality design, than a properly designed house which is more often than not the biggest investment of your whole life.

“If you think good designs are costly; look at the cost of bad designs”

- Dr. Ralf Septh (CEO, Jaguar)