Southside Steading - WT Architecture

© Andrew Lee

Why use a Chartered Architect?

Imagination, value for money and freedom from worry are just some of the reasons why using a chartered architect makes sense.

This guide provides you with some more information about commissioning a chartered architect for your building project.

A client-centred service

Whatever the size of your building project, it makes sense to consult a professional. Architects offer unrivalled training and experience in the design and construction of buildings. Architects provide a service that extends well beyond producing a set of drawings. Adept at identifying the aspirations and needs of their clients, architects will bring their special skills, knowledge and experience to a project.

Ronald McDonald House - Keppie

© David Cadzow

Value for money

Not only can architects provide value for money, but professional attention to detail will achieve value through the most efficient use of space, and careful selection of materials and finishes. Environmental sensitivity, energy efficiency, low running and maintenance costs can bring extra benefits to your project and long term savings!

4 Linsiadar – studioKAP

© Keith Hunter

Freedom from worry

Architects can guide you through the complex procedures of planning permission and building regulations and monitor the builder's programme of works through to completion. RIAS members are obliged to carry professional indemnity insurance - giving you peace of mind.

In the unlikely event that you are having problems with your architect, or you’re looking for advice on mediation and resolving issues, the RIAS can help. Download our booklet on dispute resolution for more information.



Whether you are looking for tradition or innovation, boldness or understatement, an architect can lift your project out of the ordinary. Many people will offer to alter your building. It takes an architect to maximise its potential and to do it with flair, imagination and style.

Forsinard Lookout Tower - Icosis Architects

© Maciej Winiarczyk

Unique skills

A building project, whatever its scale, can be daunting, but the same basic criteria apply, be it a simple house extension or a large office development. When you use a chartered architect you are employing someone who has undertaken seven years of professional training, the longest in the building industry. Anyone styling themselves ‘building consultant’, ‘architectural designer’, ‘plan drawer’ and so on is unlikely to be an architect, and does not have comparable skills or knowledge.