How Can the Right Architect Benefit my Project?
Early involvement by an architect can help you control the scope of the project. Architects can conduct site studies, provide programming services, help secure planning and zoning approvals, and perform a variety of other pre-design tasks.
When architects are included in the earliest planning stages, they gain more opportunities to understand your needs, develop creative solutions, and propose ways to reduce costs, both initially and down the road. The long-term result is an environment that increases efficiency, comfort and productivity.
This AIA web page has more detailed information on why and how architects can effectively benefit your project and how to be most effective as a client.