I disagree with "When Choosing an Architect, Nail Down All the Fees First" (June 16), by Katherine Salant.
As a registered architect with more than 20 years' experience in high-end residential homes and remodeling projects, the architect fees are the least a client should worry about. In negotiating to reduce a qualified architect's fee, the client is essentially removing a most valuable experience resource from a process where it is most needed.
Architects are not just used for design and aesthetic considerations. We excel in contract management, guided by forms and agreements from the American Institute of Architects, which clearly stipulate contract tasks and project responsibilities.
Every construction project represents a difficult task to master. From the first meeting to the turnkey completion, this process requires extensive know-how, specific knowledge, able negotiation skills and certain ubiquitous "people application" skills.