How to find an architect: Track down your dream designer

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Most projects start out with the quest to find an architect who will help you breeze through the design and planning of your self build, renovation or extension. But, with so much choice out there, it may feel like searching for a needle in a haystack to uncover the right one for you. 

An architect’s knowledge and expertise is undoubtedly one of the most important factors to consider, but the right architect will also be able to translate an effective design into your personal style and be someone you feel comfortable working with. 

Claire Lloyd

Claire is Editor in Chief of Homebuilding & Renovating website and magazine. She became Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating in 2016 and has been a member of the team for 15 years. An experienced homes journalist, her work has also appeared in titles such as Real Homes and Period Living.

She has a particular interest in green homes and sustainability, and interior design is a passion too; she has undertaken qualifications in this area. 

After finishing a major renovation of a period cottage, she is now onto her next project: overhauling a 1930s property in the Shropshire countryside.