1 - Why should I use an Architect? From the RIBA:
Architects apply impartial and creative thinking to projects large and small, whether you are constructing, adapting or expanding a building. They will guide you through the design, planning and construction process - from the early stage scenario of 'what do I do?' through to completion of the project.
Architects add value, whether it comes from maximising the impact, functionality or marketability of a building.
2 - Why use an RIBA Chartered Practice? From the RIBA:
Choosing an accredited RIBA Chartered Practice will give you peace of mind. They comply with strict criteria covering insurance, health and safety and quality management systems.
They range from one-person offices to large, multinational firms operating worldwide - so you'll be able to find the right match.
3 - What are the RIBA Workstages? From the RIBA:
The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 is a reference document for all those involved in the briefing, design, construction and post-occupancy process of buildings. It comprises eight work stages, each with clear boundaries, and details the tasks and outputs required at each stage.