You don’t have to love your dry cleaner or your barista. Your interactions with them can be quick, straightforward and all about the transaction. When you are looking for someone to bring your vision to life, however, you need to think long term. You need to find a kindred spirit.
What the heck are we talking about? We’re talking about your next building project. Get this. People spend 90 percent of their time in doors. If you’re going to spend that much time behind closed doors you ought to L-O-V-E your surroundings, and to do that, you need to find the right architect.
Finding your perfect match just go easier, thanks to a new site aptly named Find an Architect. It’s basically an online matchmaking service to pair projects with the right architect for the job. People looking for an architect post project details and wait for architects to make their bids and proposals. Potential clients then can interview architects that make the cut. Then wham, bam. Pick your fave and start hammering away. (No word yet on whether the others are dismissed in an elaborate rose ceremony or simply left-swiped.)
If you’re thinking this sounds a lot like Houzz, well, it is, except Houzz focuses on swanky residential upgrades while Find an Architect focuses on ground-up construction. The site already has some partners that are putting stars in our eyes. Maybe you’ve heard of them? Dwell and The Wall Street Journal.
Find an Architect is the brainchild of the people who launched Architizer, a site that made it easier for architects to share their portfolios. Not only do they highlight those swanky portfolios, but they allow brands to market new products and consumers to create their own sourcebooks from projects that inspire them. If you’ve ever spent time pouring over those product magazines looking for that one faucet that you saw in that one hotel, you know what a big deal this is.
While Architizer changed the way architects share their work, Find an Architect is poised to break down the walls of the it’s-all-in-who-you-know cliché like a wrecking ball. It could potentially mean that no longer will big firms get all the big clients. With easier access to all the professionals in the industry, you could find a stellar architect who flies solo. The service is free for now (while it’s in beta) and will be fee-based afterwards.
What’s your dream building project? Would you use an online service to find an architect?