4. How will the architect gather information about your needs, goals, etc.?

Listening is the most important thing we, as architects, can do to assess our client’s needs and goals. Many clients have a good idea of what they want, even before our first meeting. Others may have a general idea but don’t know the best way to address their issues. The solution may not be so obvious. By listening carefully to our client’s goals and objectives, we can identify core values that become significant drivers in the design. Careful listening, an open dialogue and in-depth analysis leads to a solution that demonstrates how thoughtful design can benefit the occupants. And, many times it is in ways not previously considered.