Here is a basic outline of what it’s like to work with an architect/designer. Architects specialize in various building types: residential, commercial, large or small projects. Finding the right person to help you with your particular project, and who you feel comfortable working with, is key to a successful relationship. Architects and designers are here to help define and clarify goals, translate your ideas onto paper, and coordinate on your behalf with multiple entities such as engineers, contractors and the building department, with the ultimate goal of following the design through to the final construction of the project. There are many styles of working, so reach out and talk to architects, ask questions about the type of work they do, and find someone who feels like a good fit for you.