171 Ottawa, ON Architects & Building Designers

Is the scope of your Ottawa, ON home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a home architect to transform human needs and desires into visual concepts and habitable structures. When you hire an architectural designer, you are not only hiring someone for their architectural services, but also to manage and coordinate other parties involved in the project. As you search through interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More 
Ottawa, Ontario, K1Z 6X2, Canada
Design First is the most awarded residential interior design firm in Ottawa. Since 1986 Design First has become known for their creative ability to respond to client’s needs in a... Read More
MKDB is dedicated to co-creating a home that elevates your vision to its highest potential and building it with excellence.
LineBox Studio (613) 216-2609
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 5T2, Canada
As an Architect I understand design as a cultural act which engages our everyday experiences and brings together individuals with their built environment. Our design philosophy... Read More
Menage Interiors (613) 842-0222
Transform any room from mundane to stunning or update your entire home to the space you always wanted.
Ottawa, Ontario, K2J E3, Canada
Since the inception of the firm in 1996, Christopher Simmonds Architect has provided a broad range of clients with the highest quality of service on residential, institutional,... Read More
John Donkin is a licensed architect with nearly thirty years of architectural experience preceded by seven years' work in construction.
Southam Design Inc (613) 728-2227
Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 3E6, Canada
Award winning interior design and architecture has earned Southam Design a reputation of being fresh, creative and passionate. With 20 years of design and architectural... Read More
We specialize in high-end custom homes and residential renovation projects, with design work that is showcased in urban homes and country estates across the Ottawa-Carleton region.
Ottawa, Ontario, K2J2L5, Canada
Mission: “To listen to our clients, to understand their lives and their dreams, and to interpret them and incorporate them into a new home or renovation that works. To see new... Read More
Southam Design Inc (613) 728-2227
Southam Design is known for their high level of detail, their ability to think outside of the box and in the end – creating unique, one of a kind spaces tailored to each client.
Ottawa, Ontario, K2T 0G1, Canada
Architectural services in residential and commercial design. We aspire for great things, we are committed to our clientele and devoted to our craft. We have a deep appreciation... Read More
Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 6B4, Canada
Award winning residential designer for new construction, renovations, landscape and interiors. We specialize in warm modernism. Read More
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 2Z3, Canada
John Donkin is a licensed architect with nearly thirty years of architectural experience preceded by seven years' work in construction. He is particularly interested in the... Read More
Ottawa, Ontario, K2K 3H9, Canada
Designing fine homes Read More
Jane Thompson Architect (613) 747-8104
Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 2C4, Canada
Established in 1991, the firm of Jane Thompson Architect has completed a wide range of projects concentrated in the residential, cultural, commercial and institutional sectors.... Read More
Kariouk Associates (613) 562-2211
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 1J8, Canada
I moved from New York City to Ottawa in 2002 to accept a tenured position in the School of Architecture at Carleton University and simultaneously opened my design practice,... Read More
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
ANTHONY CESARE ARCHITECTURE IS A FULL SERVICE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN FIRM LOCATED IN OTTAWA, ONTARIO. WE SPECIALIZE IN THE DESIGN OF HIGH END, CUSTOM RESIDENTIAL HOMES THROUGHOUT... Read More
Andrew at OakWood (613) 835-9000 ext. 168
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Designer with OakWood Renovation Experts Read More
Smiths Falls, Ontario, K7A 2A5, Canada
39 miles from Ottawa
We are a design/build company specializing in residential construction and renovations. The renovation business is all about customer service and building relationships. The team... Read More
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How do I find the best architect for my home design project?
It is best to hire a home architect who will be involved in all phases of the design process, from the initial concept to the completed construction. The architect is often the first person you will hire for your project. If necessary, they might also help you select and hire Ontario subcontractors, which can include the builders, engineers and landscape architects. Interior architects are also involved in negotiating contracts for all involved participants. It is for these reasons that it is extremely important for you to have a good relationship with the residential architect you hire. He or she can be the tie-breaking vote between you and the general contractor and can be your biggest advocate during the construction process. Depending on the interior architecture company that you hire, the scope of the work can span from pre-design environmental impact studies to selecting furniture and finishes.

As far as the process goes, the architecture firm that you choose will start with concept drawings and finish with construction drawings and documents. Some firms even design with 3D renderings and videos, but that should not be assumed. One of the most important duties of an architect is to serve as managers and supervise most aspects of construction, as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors.

It is very important to hire the right professional for the job. Remember that the most well-known or established designer might not provide the best architectural services for your needs. It all comes down to the individual project. Research and ask people whose work you like for recommendations. It's important to have somewhat of an idea of the style of house architecture that you prefer, as well as the amount you would like to spend. Architects are natural problem solvers. They will assess the entire situation and help you to solve your problems too. Don't settle for a single company too early. Call and interview a few. Make sure that you feel like your personalities will mesh well and that you like their professional perspective.

Questions to ask prospective interior architects:
  • What is your fee structure?
  • What does the cost include?
  • Do you have professional liability insurance?
  • Can you handle my special requests (ADA, LEED etc.)?
  • What types of renderings (3D, video, illustrative) will you produce?
  • What is your experience with similar projects?
  • When do you expect to start and be finished with the project?
  • What do your services include? (It's best that the services are until construction is completed.)
  • What happens when the cost exceeds the budget?
  • Can you provide me with references?
  • Would you say your work has a defining style? (This is important in case the architect's personal style will interfere with your vision.)
  • Will you help with hiring a general contractor and subcontractors?
  • What do you estimate the cost will be?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any complications you foresee with this project?


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