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Find an Architectural Designer near South Pasadena, CA

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4. David Ke | Design Collaborative Studio, Inc.




  • Serves South Pasadena, CA
I have known David for over 20 years and I have used him for a number of residential and commercial projects. You will not work with a better professional that is dedicated to his craft. In my time working with David on some of our fix-and-flip home remodel projects, where we added square footage and pushed the ceiling height to over 20 feet, I've found him to be very detailed in his work and articulate with his explanations. Not only that, but he is very thorough with his work, so we did not have so many iterations going through the city - its been a nightmare with other 'architects' and I lost even more money because I lost more money to carrying costs. David was worth it. Other projects that we are working on are mixed use commercial projects. Know that I am a seasoned real estate professional with 20 years of experience and he has always been patient and really holds my hand to explain all the details of why we are building and doing things a particular way. I can't thank him enough for being patient as I know he is very busy. I always learn new things each time I work with him. What I love the most about Dave is that I know the job will get done. He is patient and there is no project that is too difficult or City that is too challenging. The process is the process, but you can count on David not to make stupid mistakes and drag out your time table. For people like me that have a lot of money on the line, that has a lot of value.See more

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How do architects work?

Architects may work for an architecture or engineering firm, they may work for a government organization, they can work for a construction company, or they may be self-employed (freelance). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that architects spend a large amount of their working time in the home or company office: meeting with clients; creating reports and architectural drawings; and working with other architects and engineers. When not in an office, an architect is often at the construction site either as part of the development of plans or to ensure building progress is following the blueprint.

When a client interacts with an architect, it is typically to have them design drawings for the construction of a house or a building. If you are a client who has hired a large architecture firm, there may be a team of people working on your design. But if you are working with a freelance architect or a smaller firm, one person (or a small group) will take your concept and translate it into an architectural blueprint that a builder can use to construct a house. The plans will lay out everything from the depth of the foundation to the materials to use to the type of metal to be used in the reinforcement. Once the plans have been created and handed off to the builder, the architect may remain on the project — depending on budget — and oversee progress.

How do architects charge for their services?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary of an architect in 2016 was $76,930. This range included architects with every type of company as well as self-employed architects. Depending on the architect and whether they’re with a firm or independent, they may charge per hour or by the square foot, or they may charge a percentage of the total budget for a construction project. An hourly rate is typically used for smaller projects such as providing consultation, helping clients hone their concept before the design process begins, or drafting documents and plans. If an architect is working on an hourly basis on a larger project, there will usually be an agreed-upon cap on the number of hours they will work. For larger projects, such as new construction or total overhaul remodels, architects may charge a percentage of the total construction costs. The architect will usually set the percentage you will pay after the total cost of construction has been accounted for. Percentages can range within a firm depending on the extent of the services they’re providing. For example, a lower percentage of the total construction costs may include drafting and minimal consultation and guidance along the way, while a higher percentage could include on-site project management services with every detail attended to. Architects may also charge by the square footage of the project. The rate per square foot can vary depending on the individual’s training, the services they are providing, the complexity of the project, and other factors — such as obtaining permits. The national average cost to hire an architect is between $1,690 and $2,500.

Reviews for South Pasadena architectural designers
David M.
Professional, intelligent, and fast. I hired Neo to create architectural drawings for a project I was designing and was impressed by his talent and commitment. I have continued to call on Neo for multiple projects and I highly recommend him!
Neo Garibay DesignNeo Garibay Design
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