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Wilkes Barre Architects

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  • 42 years in business
Meralee S.
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Larry Berman was a true professional. He had a precise read on our tastes, and he provided design services that were 100% perfectly suited what we wanted. He is very knowledgeable in color and design, which made our project very easy to complete. All in all, he's a pleasure to work with.

Caputo Contractors LLC
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  • 18 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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The architect came to our home and spend a few hours making suggestions and reviewing possible options. We had a very positive experience. However, at this time, we have not made the decision to move forward with the project.


Architect with 20 years of experience in multiple architectural project types, but specializes and focus center on residential design.


The experience of Lawrence Meier and Associates includes many various building types and a variety of services, but the firm's strongest asset lies in the depth of the firm's principal. Mr. Meier has worked in nationally recognized architectural firms and has also held positions in design at the college level. Mr. Meier has over 35 years of experience with various project types. The LMA team provides the professional support which incorporates a thorough knowledge of codes, general physically handicapped codes, planning criteria and scheduling. Each project undertaken is individually designed, coordinated and supervised by the principal architect. This structuring ensures that decisions relating to the project can be made immediately to meet the demands of the project schedule coupled with a complete understanding of the critical nature of delivering the project within the budget constraints. Our services also include interiors, programming, master planning, zoning assistance, cost models, design concept, marketing materials, feasibility studies, Americans with Disabilities (ADA) upgrading, final design, construction documents and project observation. The Firm has the capability and has completed projects through conventional bidding, design-build, construction management and turnkey methods. The firm operates from professional offices located at 52 West Union Street, Kingston, Pennsylvania. These offices include spaces for drafting, CAD area, interiors library, conferencing, secretarial support, marketing development and employee facilities. The Firm uses the latest version of CAD drafting and is supported with other professional estimating, word processing, specifications and graphics software programs. We are proud of our continued dedication to the architectural profession, which is further evidenced by our recent commissions -- keeping us on the leading edge of design and technical innovation.


We are an architectural and interior design firm. We specialize in custom commercial and residential design, renovations and historic preservation.

  • 13 years in business

In January 2005, Scott founded S/D/A Architects. S/D/A building on the background of Scott’s design/construction experience approaches each project with an open mind, “outside the box” consideration, while always having an understanding of real world objectives like budget and function. S/D/A has completed projects with budgets in the range of $5,000 – 7.5 Million dollars.

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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.

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