Architect-Client Relationship: What to Expect

Home 10 on AIA tour

Presented by  AIA-Minnesota-Logo

Taking the plunge on a new home build or remodeling project can be a frightening prospect. For most, it means a significant investment of finances and time, and a big leap of faith in a team of strangers who, you hope, will create a finished product that you will live amongst for years to come.

When looking for the right architect, it is helpful to know what services he or she can offer. The Homes by Architects Tour is a good place to get a sense for the realm of involvement you can expect from architects, as well as understand the nature of the client-architect relationship.


At Home #10, architect Tim Quigley, AIA, had previously worked with the homeowners when he designed another home for them. This time, they empty-nesters sought a scaled-down living space, but with room to entertain members of the numerous volunteer groups with which they are involved. After having worked with them in the past, Tim had a foundational knowledge of their preferences and desires. This life-long relationship between client and professional is common within the residential architecture world, as both parties become familiar with one another through the course of the project.


Tim Alt, AIA, and his clients at Home #5 meshed so well that they worked together not just for the design of the home and landscaping, but for the design of several furniture pieces as well. Alt credits this quality of “mutual understanding” between architect and homeowner as a big factor in the success of the project.

For more information on how to get started when looking for an architect, check out the resources available on the AIA Minnesota website and plan to attend the tour for the opportunity to speak directly with the architects and their design team about the client-architect relationship.

Don’t miss these homes and the other 15 amazing projects, open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm on September 17 and 18, 2016. Tickets are now on sale at

The 2016 tour is supported by Hage Homes, Marvin Windows & Doors, Elevation Homes, Streeter & Associates, Warners’ Stellian, Lilu Interiors, Marvin Design Gallery by Shaw Stewart, Mattson Macdonald Young, Pella Windows and Doors, Alpine Hardwood, Cates Fine Homes, Erotas Building Corp., Fresh Energy, Full Swing Golf, Grateful Beds Garden Rehab & Design, Mercury Mosaics, Olin Construction, Orijin Stone, Otto Painting Design, Redpath Constable Interior Design, American Mortgage & Equity Consultants, Inc., Archistructures, Bunkers & Associates, Clay Squared to Infinity, Lucy Interior Design, Southview Design, Stephen Donnelly Company, and Midwest Home.



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