Architects are highly skilled and professionally trained to turn your aspirations into reality. They will guide you through the design, planning and construction process whether you are constructing a new building or adapting an existing property. Architects apply impartial and creative thinking to projects large and small. They add value, whether from maximising light and space, adding functionality, or achieving the best return on your investment. Architects will also guide you through the various ‘stages’ of the design and construction process, ensuring that all statutory regulations for your project are met, usually including Planning Permission and Building Regulations.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is the professional body for architects, who ensure the competency of members and chartered practices. To call themselves an architect, architects must also register with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Design work through to the management of projects may also be undertaken by Architectural Technologists, whose professional organisation is the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). Whilst we would recommend work is always undertaken by competent individuals or practices (registered with one or all of the above), there is little to differentiate between RIBA and CIAT members.