Should You Go For A Big Or Local Architectural Business?

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When it comes to business, we are often told that local is the best route to go down. However, it is never as simple as that, and going for a local company is not always the best solution. When it comes to architecture, the industry has very much changed in recent times. The rise of the Internet has meant that architects can reach people all over the country, and so you have many different choices available to you when you need this type of service. So, with that being said, in this blog post, we are going to take a look at the different reasons why you do not need to go to a local company when selecting an architect. 

Team size 

There is only one place to begin when it comes to assessing the difference between local architects and online service providers and nationwide companies, and this is with the number of people that are working for the architectural firm. If you opt for a local architect, there is typically going to be one designer, or maybe two or three at a push. However, if you opt for a bigger firm, you can make the most of a huge team of surveyors, technicians, and designers. There will typically be over 30 members of the team. 

Better industry connections

You also need to consider the fact that nationwide and bigger architectural firms are going to have better connections. After all, working as an architect is a collaborative job in many ways. Architects do not live in a bubble. They need to team up with other types of professionals in order to get the best possible results for the property they are creating. From a concrete driveway contractor to structural engineers; an architect will have relationships with people in all different capacities. This can benefit you, as it ensures you will have access to the people you need to see your designs through to the final build. 


Another benefit associated with a bigger, nationwide company is improved communication. This is something a lot of people do not anticipate. They feel that a local architect is going to be there for them more. However, being close enough to pop around for a cup of tea to discuss plans does not mean that they are going to be more attentive. You could be waiting for weeks and weeks for your next meeting if they get another customer on their books. With a bigger business, they are able to manage numerous clients better and they will make the most of innovative software and technology to ensure that you receive the updates you need and are never left in the dark.


In addition to the benefits that have already been discussed, the experience is another factor to consider. Before you agree to use the services of any type of professional, you should always discover how they have handled projects in the past and you should take a look at some of the work they have carried out. It is going to be much easier to do this when you choose a nationwide firm because they will have a much bigger pool of work for you to look at and assess.

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