A great article for understanding how to work with architects. Quick excerpt from site, “The architectural design process consists of five phases. As you begin working with an AIA architect, or consider hiring one, it’s helpful to know where you are in the process and where it will take you. An AIA architect will orient you during each phase, and work with you to get the most value from each stage of the process. It’s a time-tested method for establishing a close working relationship between you and your architect, and producing the very best buildings.
Read the full article here: http://howdesignworks.aia.org/fivephases.asp