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How to find an architect for a very small job in Boston

I need an architect to draw a very simple plan for a building permit. The project is an outdoor, first-floor deck. The two architects my contractor knows weren't interested, presumably because the job is too small for them. How do I find the right person or company for this? [more inside]
posted by john hadron collider on Dec 23, 2016 - 12 answers

Where can I get architecture/floorplan ideas for an apartment?

Where can I get architecture/floorplan ideas for an apartment? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Nov 22, 2016 - 12 answers

Architect not providing his work, but he's a friend. What do I do?

I'm trying to do some medium-sized renovations, but my family friend architect is letting us down and stalling the work before it starts. How should we deal with him in order to get the work done in a decent amount of time, without the budget going crazy? [more inside]
posted by evadery on May 4, 2016 - 12 answers

What should we ask when hiring an architect?

After talking about it for a few years, my husband and I are ready to start the process of renovating and adding a second floor to our house. The next step, we're reasonably sure, is hiring an architect--but I've been dragging my feet because I want to walk into those first meetings with a good idea of what I'm hoping to learn from the conversation, rather than just being wow-ed by their sales pitch. The hitch is: I have no idea of what smart questions might be, since I have only the vaguest idea of how this process works. I'm hoping AskMe can fill in the details of "what does an architect do?" and "what do you wish you had asked your architect before hiring them?" [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi on Sep 8, 2015 - 12 answers

Architects love ????

I'm looking for suggestions for a nice gift that could be given to clients of a large building company- most of the clients are architects. So architects of Mefi- have you ever received something really cool that was perfect for your tastes and relevant to your trade? [more inside]
posted by catrae on Aug 19, 2015 - 12 answers

Help us find a freelance architect (around Montclair, NJ or NYC)

My wife and I just bought our first house and it needs some renovations on a small budget. We’re not going to be able to afford a full-service architectural firm (handling permits/contractors/project-management/etc), but we think consulting an architect will be money very well spent. We’d like someone to do a walkthrough with us, discuss and improve the changes we’re considering, and then put together detailed/accurate drawings for the remodel. [more inside]
posted by ethand on Aug 2, 2015 - 5 answers

Quit my job for an other job? the expat coming home edition

I have been working as an architect for an international company in China for 14 months now. My previous boss has just asked me to come back to my home country to give me back my job. Should I accept? [more inside]
posted by thegirlwiththehat on Jul 7, 2015 - 7 answers

Is this a normal thing to be charged for by an architect?

I feel like we're paying for our architects' professional development... which might be ok if they had given us a little more notice, but it came up suddenly and without much warning. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Sep 27, 2014 - 13 answers

Designing our (little) kitchen

After months of drawing and re-drawing, we have draft floor plans! Now we need more eyes on the kitchen layout. Looking especially for specific suggestions. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Sep 18, 2014 - 20 answers

Give me a home renovation strategy strategy

I'm purchasing a new home that needs a lot of work done to get it to where we want it. For anyone else who has been through this, can you help me with figuring out what my strategy should be in terms of order of operations? Any other advice from people with experience is very much welcomed, since we have never done any home renovation before. [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Aug 24, 2014 - 18 answers

Where to find frontend web development job at the lead/architect level?

I've been doing frontend web development for around 15 years and want to find a new position at the lead/architect level. I know a few sites to look at, and plenty of recruiters contact me, but what else can I do? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Mar 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Learn me Java

What are some analogous technologies in the Java world, compared to the MS stack? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Jan 13, 2014 - 2 answers

Concerned citizen meets with real estate developer and architect

A real estate developer offered to meet with me and a friend and have his architect show us conceptual plans of their project in advance of the official unveiling to the public. I've never met with a developer or an architect. What do I do to make this a productive meeting & not waste the time of developer and architect? [more inside]
posted by bertran on Nov 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Are there non-modernist architects in London?

Going through architecture sites, it looks as if all residential projects in London are of the mostly-glass, super clean type, like this one or the output of these fine people. Are there residential architects who like to do thing in a more, hm, bohemian, messy way, or is that totally out of fashion?
posted by Spanner Nic on Sep 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Look ma, no walls!

Where can I find more pictures of houses "without" walls like the ones in this link? Also, it would be awesome if I could get some names of architects that share a similar style.
posted by pakoothefakoo on Sep 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Fellow Mefi architects, am I nuts?

I'm considering going into Architecture. Bad idea? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on May 27, 2013 - 12 answers

Architect versus contractor

We're planning a kitchen renovation for our century-old house this summer and have been working with an architect who has so far given us a kitchen layout and rough design. We're now getting quotes from general contractors. The GC we met with last night, who we've worked with before and trust, said further work by the architect will be a waste of money because the progress of the project will depend on how construction goes. Is he right? [more inside]
posted by chickenmagazine on Apr 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me plan a kitchen renovation in Brooklyn.

I just bought a 1 bedroom co-op in Brooklyn. I want to gut the kitchen. I have 30k. Is this possible? Can you recommend an architect? Share your story? [more inside]
posted by (Over) Thinking on Apr 17, 2013 - 15 answers

salary advice for entry-level architect just graduating from Harvard

I am about to graduate from Harvard Architecture School (GSD) with an M.Arch. and am trying to think about what to do in terms of next career steps. I've worked in architectural offices over the summers (some prominent ones) and not been too thrilled with the work and am now trying to decide what to do about my career. A factor in my decision is earning potential and salary. [more inside]
posted by cmp4Meta on Dec 29, 2012 - 14 answers

Who can sign-off on a Building?

Does New York State law allow anyone other than a licensed Architect to sign off on a building project? [more inside]
posted by ebesan on Oct 11, 2012 - 4 answers

Looking for a Jeanne Gang quote

I'm looking for a quote by architect Jeanne Gang I read in an article about her last year, and my Google-fu is failing me. Help me, hivemind. [more inside]
posted by dw on Sep 28, 2012 - 3 answers

Architecture Copyright Expert Witness?

I'm looking for an expert witness in the area of architecture copyright in the US. The Northeast would be ideal. It seems like there are a million online, so any additional recommendations would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2012 - 1 answer

Or I can just start slappin' 2x4s together.

I have designed a house (in Google Sketch Up) that I intend to build. I have not insignificant relevant experience, but I'm neither an engineer nor an architect. Can I just give my design to any old architect and have them turn it into a coherent blueprint for a house that won't collapse? How much should I expect a thing like that to cost? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Aug 18, 2012 - 18 answers

Architect turned ... ?

“Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul” [more inside]
posted by oink on Jul 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Anticpating budgetary drift

Do I disclose my actual budget to my architect/designer for a major renovation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Becoming an amateur architect?

How do I take my interest in architecture to the next level without going to architecture school or going pro? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jun 21, 2011 - 17 answers

Project Managment Software for Architects (of the building-designing variety))

Good project management software for architects? [more inside]
posted by dmo on Jun 9, 2011 - 4 answers

Job title for high-level software developer

Help me choose my job title. I'm a software engineer and I'm transitioning from a position where I both manage projects and write code, to a post-management position where I'm not directly responsible for any particular projects but provide overall ideas and advice for the architecture, coding practices, features, and anything else about the system. In addition, I'll still be hacking code on whatever parts of the system I find interesting. It's both more and less than a "software architect" since I'll be doing other things as well and I won't actually be responsible for directing the software architecture, but any ideas and advice I have will be listened to. It's kind of a "do whatever I want" dream job. The CTO proposed "principal software engineer" which is good and conveys the general idea and seniority, but I'm hoping you can help me come up with something better. I'm looking for a professional sounding title, rather than something quirky (although if you have a really great idea for a quirky title, go ahead and post it because I'll enjoy it).
posted by Emanuel on Mar 10, 2011 - 21 answers

Recent Grad in need of advice with engineering career.

I need advice on where to go next...I just graduated with an Civil Engineering degree. [more inside]
posted by berkshirenative on Jan 12, 2011 - 16 answers

Landscape design software

Software recommendations for a landscape architect? [more inside]
posted by simplesharps on Dec 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Identify A Mystery Building Shaped Like Helmet?

Where is this building? Does it have a name? Who designed it? [more inside]
posted by hoople on Nov 14, 2010 - 2 answers

My architect is incompetent and I want my money back.

Would it be unethical and/or illegal to tell the architect I will file a formal complaint with the state licensing board unless he gives me a refund? [more inside]
posted by otto42 on Oct 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Stanley Park Design Layout

Where can I find detailed Blueprint/ Design Layouts for various urban parks? Bonus: Stanley Park, Vancouver. [more inside]
posted by Jsn7821 on Sep 21, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I get a 3d autocad model from building plans

I've commissioned someone to create a rendered "artist's impression" of a planned housing development, but he priced it under the assumption that the architect would release Autocad files of the project. It turns out that the architect will only supply PDFs of the building plans. How can I find someone to turn these plans into something my artist can use, and how much should I expect to pay? All I need is the outside of the building, including the grounds and property fence.
posted by Joe in Australia on Sep 7, 2010 - 16 answers

Owner's Rep

I am an (unlicensed) architect. Friend recently offered me a job as an owner's rep ("Do you want to sub out the expeditor and offer your services, including expediting, as an Owner's rep?") on a small renovation job. (I have the drawings) No contractor or expeditor yet. Asked me for a proposal/fee. I am not familiar with this term/position, responsibilities, duties, time, but know how to put a job together.....want to sound competent while I figure it out. Any advice on putting out some basic questions and eliciting info?
posted by ebesan on Jul 28, 2010 - 6 answers

Architect Messed Up

My architect's omission will cost me an extra $25 grand. Do I have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by otto42 on Dec 17, 2009 - 15 answers

Architect without the satisfaction

Several house structural changes planned but due to finances, work will done as money becomes available (probably spanning 10+ years). Would an architect be interested in this kind of project? How would s/he determine fee? [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 on Oct 14, 2009 - 6 answers

going from salary to hourly without benefits... should i ask employer for a higher wage?

going from salary to hourly without benefits... do I have a choice? should i ask for a higher wage?my firm is really slow, so my employers are changing me from salary to hourly... basically, as work comes in, i will get paid for the hours i bill. they are also eliminating my benefits package (heath/dental/vision/401k). i am not sure what my workload will be like, but i was typically working 40 hours/week and might be working less than 20. (i plan to compensate with unemployment if i have to.) [more inside]
posted by dityfleur on Jul 13, 2009 - 9 answers

Please help me determine if an architect is necessary, and if so find one

Would it be a good idea to hire an architect for this job? Can you recommend one in my northern New England area, or can you recommend ways to find a good one? Any thoughts on how much the job should cost? [more inside]
posted by Herkimer on Jul 13, 2009 - 5 answers

No hearts dotting the I's.

FontFilter: I'm looking for a font similar to this one, except with non-loopy and straight horizontal strokes. I'd like it to look handwritten, and to be free to download. [more inside]
posted by clearly on Feb 22, 2009 - 10 answers

The good life can be wherever you decide to make it

I would like to build a house . . . just for fun . . . on paper or online. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Feb 13, 2009 - 6 answers

Non-traditional building supply sources?

I'm planning a home addition but would like peruse building material sources beyond what's available in consumer hardware stores. What sources do architects and contractors use for non-standard windows and other items? Is there a McMaster-Carr-equivalent for building materials? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jan 30, 2009 - 4 answers

How many MeFites does it take to find a clamp for this vintage architect's lamp?

Vintage lamp clamps? I have this red vintage desk lamp, similar in style to an architect's lamp (like this newer version). It has a thin cylinder at the bottom, presumably to fit into one of those C clamps. Where do I find the right clamp to attach this lamp to a desk or table? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Nov 13, 2008 - 7 answers

architect looking for a career change...

i have an architecture degree and a few years of work experience, but i am not sure its for me... can i make a family-friendly career change without going back to school? [more inside]
posted by dityfleur on Aug 4, 2008 - 8 answers

Wanted: Vintage 1960 Modern Architect

I'm interested in hiring an architect in Houston to design and build a modest, mid-century modern style house. [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind on Jul 27, 2008 - 3 answers

Can we build it? Eh...maybe?

Inspired by this thread; has anyone every hired an architect? How do you do it? What sorts of things should I be looking for? How do I go about finding one that specializes in "weird". (By weird I mean, not your standard mcmansion floor plan.) What do architects charge to design a building. And do they oversee the building process as a rule, or no? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Apr 26, 2008 - 16 answers

Can you recommend a Seattle architect?

Can you recommend an architect in the Seattle area? I'm hoping to have a second story put on my ranch house, and need professional advice. (I'll also happily take recommendations for contractors.)
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 23, 2008 - 5 answers

Should I be an Information Architect? How?

I think I want to be an Information Architect. How can I tell if I am qualified? What additional education should I pursue? If not this, then what given my skill set? [more inside]
posted by kenzi23 on Oct 9, 2007 - 13 answers

John Sayles quote

I'm looking for the source for this John Sayles quote: ". . . That’s why so many of Hitchcock’s guys are architects. In the ecology of certain movies, you need a person to be able to be gone for a long time and having an adventure–and nobody knows what the fuck and architect does. They have little plans that are rolled up, and they go visit a building site every once in a while, but they kick off for a week and a half and have an adventure—nobody misses them. And it’s kind of a classy thing; they obviously went to college, and da-da-da. Otherwise you’ve got to go and work." --filmmaker John Sayles on the suggestion that his own movies insist on the economic necessity of work
posted by Jackson on Oct 4, 2007 - 1 answer

What's it like being a Naval Architect?

What's it like being a Naval Architect? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Dec 7, 2006 - 5 answers

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