J Architects

Seattle, WA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

In Seattle, if you shake a tree, 2 architects, a doctor and software engineer fall out. This competition makes our region an exciting place in which to practice, primarily because the standards are very high. This is very good for the client...they can find someone they can trust to do a good, competent job. I believe I have the right mix of experience, integrity and professional curiosity to bring the right skill set to the table. My practice is small and personal, I enjoy my work and enjoy working with involved, engaging clients.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I really enjoy architecture and the design process!

Location

Seattle, WA 98115

Years in business

10

Number of employees

1

Reviews

1 Reviews
  • Cathy F. Nov 21, 2016
    Jim of J Architects from a satisfied customer
    Jim was brought to my house at the beginning of planning by the contractors I chose to do the work on my house. I particularly liked the fact that Jim would listen to me and what I wanted. He let me know what some of the things I could expect in the process. He also was up front about how much this would cost until a final decision time for me on whether I would proceed or stop the process. A misinterpretation of my first description of my desires was quickly corrected. Jim offered suggestions for me and was extremely open to change and modification of the plans. He was easy to work with and responded promptly to calls and questions from me. I would work with him in the future if I had the need of an architect.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Its best to get things started over the phone to learn more about expectations and scope of work. The next step is to set up a site visit, meet each other and see the site. I will provide a proposal for my services, should we decide to work together, outlining my services and fees.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Architects who have "AIA" (American Inst. of Architects) after their name must partake in 18 hours of professional development education each year. These courses involve life safety, sustainable design, and technology issues. These courses are designed to keep continuing practitioners up-to-date and informed.
What types of customers have you worked with?
75% of my work consists of residential remodels...typically, adding space for growing families. The other 25% is a mix of new residential and small commercial jobs.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
If I were hiring any service provider, I'd want to know a bit about them first: How long have they been doing what they do? Can they show me examples of their past work? Are there references to be had? Are they honestly interested in the project? Also, do our personalities match up? Will I feel comfortable entering into a professional relationship with that person?
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Design is an iterative process...typically the best solutions to a design problem comes over time from an honest collaboration of client, design professional and builder.