9 responses

  1. Joe Griffin
    May 24, 2013

    That’s an interesting point. However here is another perspective. Basically ow can a client know if a particular architect is the one for them. It’s a situation I find myself in at the moment. I’ve found four or five architects who have images on their websites that lead me to think maybe they can help translate my requirements into a suitable design. But if I have to pay each one hundreds or thousands of euros just to see if they can produce something suitable I’ll be broke before I even apply for planning!

    So how do you reconcile the two perspectives, yours in your blog and mine as a potential client with limited funds.

    PS As a software designer I have also in the past had to produce speculative designs that did not always turn into full contracts. We call it a feasibility study and sometimes due to a variety of circumstances the project dies at that stage.


    • markstephensarchitect
      May 28, 2013

      Hi Joe

      I think it’s a good point, It deserves a full reply – I’ll do a blog post on it tomorrow



  2. Isabel Barros
    May 30, 2013

    Dear Joe,
    You can always get your architect to start with the concept design and if you are not happy with the first ideas you can stop the process right there and either adjust/restart with the same architect or get a different one. Just be aware of any conditions that may be in your agreement that could make you to pay extra fees if you don’t proceed to the next stage, but you can agree this in advance with your architect.
    Isabel Barros


  3. Isabel Barros
    May 30, 2013

    I find it very hard when people don’t value my time, that’s certainly not the clients I want to have. Thankfully I have been lucky enough to stay away of them…


  4. Michael O’Neill
    May 30, 2013

    The important feature of the client architect relationship is that it *is* a relationship. Its a process of engagement and getting to know each other but on an altogether higher plane than romantic entanglements.

    Clients who start with “how will I know if the architect is right for me” must not have read any of the myriad threads on Boards.ie or Askaboutmoney.com dealing with this subject. The Cliff’s Notes Versions follows:

    1 See architectural work that you like.

    2 Identify architect by contacting the occupier owner or local authority planning file

    3 Evaluate architect by looking at their website or other built developments or planning and fire cert ciles in local authorities

    4 Contact former clients owners or occupiers from files or website and get feedback on performance professionalism and or diligence

    5 Meet and evaluate in person.



    • markstephensarchitect
      May 31, 2013

      Hi Michael

      Brilliantly said, thanks



  5. MÉ Breathnach
    February 27, 2014

    What would be considered a reasonable cost for the production of sketches to illustrate a conceptual design? I’ve been shocked at quotes of over €8k for a house of 180sqm for just this.

    My husband and I are civil/structural engineers and planners and have already commissioned a topo survey, had meetings with the local authority (planning and roads authorities), and have a clear idea regarding what we want. I’m just interested to hear what you all think.



    • Mark Stephens
      February 28, 2014


      Apologies for delay, €8k does sound a bit steep; but architects charge different amounts.



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