How Do Architects Add Value?
True Story Below (I held my tongue)
Anonymous Developer: We’ve had a lot of delays. We’ve run over schedule by almost a year.
Me: Oh yeah? What’s the problem? Permits?
Developer: Yeah, permits, plancheck…well, and the architect.
(My ears perk up – he doesn’t know I’m an architect)
Me: Huh. What happened? Did the architect mess something up?
Developer: Well, I like him. He gives me a good price. I use him because he is cheap. But since he’s a one-man shop the less urgent tasks get pushed aside by the urgent tasks. So it takes longer to get the plans done.
Me: Wow. That stinks.
Me: So what have the delays cost you?
Developer: About $20k a month.
So, cheap architect or an expensive architect? You tell me.