Garnering Governmental approvals and Permits is also key and crucial to the success of any project; without an understanding of Building and Planning Codes, Homeowner’s Associations regulations, and other regulatory restrictions an Architect will never be successful in realizing their clients’ wishes. These regulatory agencies and codes are often referred to as the “Third Client” in any project (the first two being the actual client and the Architect themselves). A talented and successful Architect will deftly and creatively navigate their design through the myriad of regulations and restrictions with the same flair they approached the initial creative design.
In short, one of the main reasons to hire an Architect is have a creatively designed project that not only meets your needs, but is both a work of art and meets all the laws and codes governing it. Since this process may take a long time, it may start as far back as Design Development in order to stay on schedule.