Ask the Architect

by Frank Cunha III

What do Architects do? And how can they help me and my business?

Few people realize how complicated it is to build-that is until they find themselves lost in a maze of design options, building codes, zoning laws, contractors and so on. No two building projects are exactly alike, so there is no single clear-cut path to follow. Whether you’re about to expand your current facility, adapt an existing structure to a new use, or construct an entirely new building, your building project represents a major investment that will affect the productivity and efficiency of your organization for years. Smart decision-makers know that the way to maximize such an investment begins with consulting an architect. Architects are the only professionals who have the education, training, experience and vision to maximize your construction dollar and ease the entire design and construction process.

American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects

Why an AIA Architect?

Look for the AIA initials after the name of any architect you consider for your project. AIA architects remain current with professional standards through continuing education and subscribe to a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct that assure clients, the public, and colleagues of their dedication to high standards in professional practice.

Involving an AIA architect at the earliest stage in project planning can allow for a better opportunity to analyze your needs, develop effective solutions, and propose more ways to reduce costs from the beginning. With a broad understanding of design and construction, an AIA architect can help guide you through the entire process more smoothly.

How Can an AIA Architects Help Me?

  1. Clarify and define your building needs.
  2. Look ahead.
  3. Manage your project.
  4. Maximize your investment.
  5. See the big picture.
  6. Solve problems.
  7. The Architect can save you money.

“The Architect can make your life easier.”

3-D Modeling

3-D Modeling    Image: Design DCA

Why Are the Architect’s design services a wise investment for the money, not just an added cost to my project?

  1. A well-conceived project can be built more efficiently and economically.
  2. An energy efficient buildings can save you money on fuel bills down the road.
  3. The architect can work with your budget and help you select the appropriate materials and workmanship at a fair price.
  4. An architect can help you choose materials and finishes that are durable as well as beautiful, saving on frequent maintenance and replacement costs.
  5. Living or Working in a space that meets your needs and is well designed will make you ( and/or your family, tenants, employees, customers) happy.
  6. Great design sells.
  7. Finally, The Architect can make your life easier.

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Frank Cunha III
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  1. Please read this judicial sentence >>

    Judgement (Royal Court of Jersey)

    before: Howard Page QC, Commissioner:

    Click to access sentenca%20jersey.pdf

    SEE at page: 7 (seven) item: 10 at line: 14 …”but was also the architect and ultimate

    principal beneficiary…)

    Did You admit that a Judge use the word = “architect” ( Name of YOUR Profession)

    associated to planing a CRIME??

    Perhaps Your INSTITUTE (The American Institute of Architects) could make an Judicial Ask

    to this judge for appologise to all architect and change this word at his sentence

    This brasilian citizen: PAULO SALIM MALUF (ex Mayor of São Paulo City – Sao Paulo State BRAZIL, is a ENGINEER


    The brazilian Newspaper “O Estado de São Paulo” at internet, laugh about an Engineer

    that become “ARCHITECT AT JERSEY” to make a crime :

    please do anything possible I am Not Sure that Brazil autorities do all necessary.


    pedro francisco tisovec a Brazilian citizen &

    arquiteto since 1977 by FAU USP ( )


  2. This article points out many things that are truthful. An architect can help a person navigate the myriad of issues faced when deciding to construct a project. There are zoning and building code issues that have to be met along with style and cost considerations. An AIA architect is required to maintain a high knowledge base through continuing education. But this is true for any architect because each state also requires continuing education to keep a professional license in good standing. Many architects choose to be a part of the AIA while many choose against it. So perhaps AIA after one’s name can instill confidence in a potential client. But that same client can and often does get a similar level of skill, education and expertise from a non-AIA member. As a former member of AIA should I be overlooked by potential clients? I attend seminars for continuing education, stay current with new trends in building practices and network with other architects. Does three letters after your name really make a difference?


  3. Jeff Appezzato, RA says:

    @Allen Robinson.

    Agreed Allen. I am a registered design professional, and NOT a member of the AIA; while it should not keep me from “competing” with AIA members for work, it sometimes does. There is a connection/distinction associated with those three letters (four if you are an FAIA).
    While we may not think it matters, there is a differing perception;
    “Membership has its privileges ” never meant more.


    • fc3arch says:

      Hi Jeff,
      Thank you – A great topic for another blog post – would you care to contribute?
      Thanks for stopping by to read and comment on my blog ~ ILMA!
      Warmest regards,


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