There are many reasons why you should hire an architect. Architects are designers and can typically deliver more creative, useful, and pleasing spaces than contractor’s or engineers (or you;) alone. Architects are trained project-managers and like a symphony conductor can help get all the various consultants, GCs, and sub-contractors to work in harmony toward a shared goal. Architects are the client’s advisors and representatives and can work to protect the client’s interests during the construction process.
While all those are excellent reasons to hire an architect, the questions at hand are when do you really need one. The most common cause is the need to file the work with the local building authority. Typically all work on a certain scale must be submitted and must have the stamp of a licensed architect or engineer to gain the required permits needed to do the work. Figuring out what exactly you can do without a permit and what will require one is not always clear. Below are the different typical types of permits you might need in New York City and the kind of work that would require them. These categories are similar to most jurisdictions. KDA works on projects of all scales, so if you think you may want to work with an architect on your upcoming project, feel free to reach out! We love to help.