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The Best Architects in Hartford County CT Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire


Architects in Hartford County CT bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are those architectural firms that have exceeded the minimum Connecticut regulatory standard. They are the ones proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for competency, results and lasting value, carry liability insurance as protection for you the client, and for whom our staff has called previous clients to verify high satisfaction with them as architects in Hartford County CT, including residential and commercial architects, traditional architects, contemporary or modern architects, and LEED AP architects.

 

Updated December 9, 2016

 The TOP 10 Architects in Hartford County CT

MBH Architecture LLC
(860) 521-1400
433 S Main St # 301
West Hartford, CT 06110

Areas Served: East Hartford CT,Enfield CT,Southington CT,Glastonbury CT,Newington,Hartford County
Services: residential architects,commercial architects, civic architects, architectural designs

Jacunski Humes Architects
(860) 828-9221
15 Massirio Dr # 101
Berlin, CT 06037

Areas Served: Hartford County,Hartford Conn,New Britain CT,West Hartford CT,Bristol CT,Manchester
Services: commercial architects, civic architectural design, residential architecture

Amenta Emma Architects
(860) 549-4725
201 Ann St # 3
Hartford, CT 06103

Areas Served: Wethersfield CT,Hartford County CT,West Hartford CT,Manchester CT, New Britain CT
Services: architectural design, contemporary architects, traditional architects, blueprints

Smith Edwards Architects
(860) 560-6000
179 Allyn St # 505
Hartford, CT 06103

Areas Served: Hartford Connecticut,Hartford County,Manchester CT,Southington CT,New Britain CT
Services: modern architects,traditional architects, contemporary architects,sustainable designs

Crosskey Architects
(860) 724-3000
1 Union Pl # 3a
Hartford, CT 06103

Areas Served: New Britain CT,Hartford County CT,East Hartford CT,Wethersfield CT,Farmington CT
Services: architects for all architectural design, commercial architects,residential architects

Quisenberry Arcari Architects
(860) 677-4594
318 Main St
Farmington, CT 06032

Areas Served: Hartford County,Windsor CT,Wethersfield CT,Farmington CT,Simsbury CT,Hartford Conn
Services: architects, residential architects, commercial architects for all architectural

Gilley Design Associates Architects
(860) 583-1333
131 Summer St
Bristol, CT 06010

Areas Served: Farmington CT,West Hartford CT,Bristol CT,Hartford CT,Enfield CT,Wethersfield CT
Services: architectural designs, blueprints, home design, commercial architects, civic, retail

FLB Architecture & Planning
(860) 568-4030
19 Silver Ln
East Hartford, CT 06118

Areas Served: Hartford County,Suffield CT,Avon CT,Berlin CT,Bloomfield CT,Simsbury CT,Farmington CT
Services: architects for all architectural design, residential architects,commercial architects

The Best Architects in Hartford County CT Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire  


The state of Connecticut requires architects in Hartford County CT to be licensed by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection architecture Licensing board which requires a completed degree in architecture and passing a written exam with NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards)

But the Connecticut state license for architects is no guarantee that any particular architect in Hartford County CT is doing business honestly , delivering value, or satisfying clients.

This makes it all the more significant that all architects in Hartford County CT who bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction, good complaint record, verified state license, verified liablity and workers comp insurance for your protection, only employees legal to work in the U.S., and more.





Architects in Hartford County CT Provide Many Services From Design to Completion
Some architects in Hartford County CT develop new designs and structural plans, but all architects essentially transform concepts into plans and images to be used by construction and building firms. Unlike building designers that hail from the contracting field, architects can read your personality and lifestyle to create the perfect personalized blueprints, regardless of whether or not you can articulate your basic preferences. But architects do come from different design and functional backgrounds, so, as you will see, finding the right type of architect is essential. While conducting your search for the best architects or architecture firms in Hartford County CT, consider that some local architects focus on pre-design or planning while others are more skilled at architectural design. Details are very important, and some architects will design specific systems as part of your home's architectural design. Part of the function of an architect is to consider the indirect effects of a building project. During the pre-design process, architects usually consider urban environmental concerns, historic preservation, public policy, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance, natural environment integration, optimum building materials, sustainability, livability, interdisciplinary concerns and resource allocation. Architectural firms in Hartford County CT may stay involved with the entire process, providing initial architectural research, land use studies, T24 calculations, drafting, planning submittal, permitting, and construction management for the design of many types of properties. 

Architects in Hartford County CT Design and Develop a Variety of Projects
While some architects in Hartford County specialize in large commercial, industrial or public projects, some prefer to stick to custom home projects or outdoor planning. As mentioned above, finding the right architect for your design is crucial. Architects work with a variety of structural designs, including recreational use facilities, research facilities, heavy industrial use facilities, real estate design and development, tenant improvement projects, sustainable or green buildings and highway design. Some architectural firms in Hartford County design small homes, additions, factories, or retail buildings. Remember that building design is an art and a science; many architects have a distinct style. Specialized architects will be able to design a broad range of buildings, including apartment and office buildings, public buildings, schools, libraries, churches, hospitals and other health care facilities, or industrial complexes. But these projects don't just involve the simple erection of a building. Architects have to consider zoning approvals, building permits and town planning. Architects might consult on several issues, such as urban design, conditions surveys, contract documentation, historic structure reports, master plans and specifications and environmental planning.There are some local architects in Hartford County who specialize in certain styles of architectural design such as traditional versus modern or contemporary architecture.Skilled architects can integrate into their projects facets such as so-called green architecture or sustainable architecture. Many of those who specialize in green architecture are LEED AP Architects in Hartford County, meaning they have passed the U.S. government agency course on green architecture design.
Some Architects in Hartford County Are Better Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these architects in Hartford County [;stateabb]: Gilley Design Associates Architects, Quisenberry Arcari Architects, Jacunski Humes Architects, Amenta Emma Architects, Crosskey Architects, Smith Edwards Architects, MBH Architecture LLC, FLB Architecture & Planning. Other architects in Hartford County CT that might still be in business include .

 

 

Questions to Ask Architects in Hartford County CT 


Ask these questions of architects in Hartford County CT about their abilities, specialties, fee structure, and background:




• How long have they been architects in Hartford County specifically? (Different regions have their own unique soil conditions, weather, sunlight exposure, etc that should effect design choices. The length of experience doing projects in your location specifically shows familiarity with these aspects.)

• How many projects have they done in your city specifically? (Different cities have different codes that must be met, and different processes for plan approval. Previous experience getting plans approved by your local city shows their familiarity with these aspects.)

• How many other projects have they done that are like yours? (Custom homes versus commercial, traditional versus modern architecture, green architecture, etc.)

• What is their educational background?


• Do they have a specialty that makes them especially unique or valuable?

• Can the architects give you names and numbers of clients that you can call as references? (All architects  bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had client references called  by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• How is their fee structured?

• How long would you have to wait long before they can complete your design plans?

• Do they carry professional liability insurance that can reimburse you in the event of an error? (All architects in Hartford County bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• Who at their firm will actually be doing your design work? (The principal architect might have impressive credentials but will they be passing your project to less experienced junior staff or draftsmen?)

• What permits will be needed? If so, will the architects be responsible for getting those permits? (Unpermitted work can prevent you from selling the property and even subject you to hefty fines and repair fees to get it to code.)


• Do they only provide the design plans or do they offer to oversee the project from start to finish?
 

When you've chosen the best architects in Hartford County CTfor your specific needs and priorities, make sure they are licensed by the state since that's required by law. (All architects in Hartford County CT  bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their state license verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

 

 

Glossary of Terms Relevant to Architects in Hartford County CT 




LEED AP architects  - Architects who have voluntarily undergone to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of green design, via a national program are able to use the designation LEED AP where AP stands for "Accredited Professionals". LEED stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design".

LEED Certified architects  - A misnomer. A project completed to LEED requirements may be known as LEED Certified but in reference to a professional the proper terminology is LEED AP (see above).
 

Green architects  - Architects practicing green architecture, sometimes also referred to as sustainable architecture / sustainable design. There is no one standard for what defines green architecture in Hartford County and the U.S. but it's generally understood as a design philosophy of increasing the efficiency of energy, building materials, and water (often resulting in cost savings), but also that reduces the negative impact on human health and the environment. Energy efficient architectural design is not necessarily green architecture since energy efficiency alone does not qualify an architectural design as "green". Thus green architects in Hartford County often design with an emphasis on minimizing environmental harm including consideration of everything from materials used, building footprint and orientation, run-off and more.

AIA architects 
- Architects who have joined as members of the AIA (American Institute of Architects), a national trade association that sponsors continuing education for architects and provides other resources for architects in Hartford County and nationally.

Traditional architects 
- Architects versed in traditional architecture, which is loosely defined as having a look and feel of familiar styles, often with an emphasis on comfort. Is generally used to denote the opposite of 'modern' or 'contemporary' architecture. There are many good examples of existing traditional architecture in Hartford County. 

Modern architects  - Architects who design in the style of modern architecture or contemporary architecture. Contemporary architects may design with less regard for symmetry or traditional looks or building materials, while placing an emphasis on artistic expression and uniqueness. A hallmark of modern architecture are clean lines and a lack of decorative ornamentation in favor of function.  Some examples of existing modern architecture can be found around Hartford County.

Contemporary architects  - Architects who practice contemporary architectural design, also known as modern architecture. See "Modern architects" above.

Residential architects  - Architects who design for homes in Hartford County, whether new or for remodeling.  As opposed to 'commercial architects'.

Commercial architects
- Architects who design for everything from hotels, shopping malls, office buildings, and other commercial structures.

Blueprint - A paper reproduction of an architectural design. The name comes from a particular process that produced a special blue paper with the lines rendered in white. These days, such paper drawings are usually on white paper with blue lines and so are sometimes called a 'whiteprint', but the term blueprint has come to be a generic term for any detailed plan.  These days paper is often avoided altogether with a Computer-Aided Design known as "CAD" being sent directly to a digital display.

 

 

Resources About Architects in Hartford County CT 


Architects Associations & Licensing Relevant to Architects in Hartford County CT

ACSA Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture www.acsa-arch.org
ADDA American Design Drafting Association www.adda.org
AIA American Institute of Architects www.aia.org
AIA-CT American Institute of Architects Connecticut www.aiact.org
AIA New England American Institute of Architects New England www.aianewengland.org
AIAS American Institute of Architecture Students www.aias.org
AIBD American Institute of Building Design www.aibd.org
APA American Planning Association www.planning.org
BBB Better Business Bureau www.bbb.com
FFDI Foundation for Design Integrity www.ffdi.org
NAAB National Architectural Accrediting Board www.naab.org
Connecticut Architectural Licensing Board www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1624&Q=276054&PM=1
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology www.nist.gov
Royal Institute of Architects-USA www.members.riba.org
SARA Society of America Registered Architects www.sara-national.org
SBIC Sustainable Building Industry Council www.sbicouncil.org
ULI Urban Land Institute www.uli.org
USGBC United States Green Building Council www.usgbc.org

Media & Web Resources for Architects in Hartford County CT

Architect Magazine New Jersey www.architectmagazine.com/state/new-jersey
Architectural Designs
Architectural Digest
Architectural Record
Blueprint Magazine
Building Design and Construction
California Home & Design
Dwell
Environmental Design and Construction Magazine
Fine Homebuilding
Home
Home & Design
HOUSE Magazine
Luxury Home
New Old House
Smart Homeowner



The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Architects in Hartford County CT within the following zip codes:

6062, 6118, 6092, 6147, 6095, 6479, 6110, 6093, 6078, 6070, 6073, 6088, 6096, 6060, 6035, 6083, 6016, 6082, 6034, 6138, 6106, 6137, 6111, 6013, 6040, 6085, 6089, 6489, 6032, 6022, 6133, 6444, 6117, 6107, 6447, 6105, 6045, 6090, 6030, 6052, 6027, 6141, 6026, 6051, 6019, 6050, 6042, 6119, 6109, 6002, 6067, 6074, 6011, 6120, 6103, 6081, 6108, 6023, 6041, 6053, 6037, 6033, 6129, 6112, 6001, 6114, 6131, 6467 and 6010


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Marlborough, Manchester, Glastonbury, South Windsor, East Hartford, Rocky Hill, New Britain, Kensington, Simsbury, Bristol, Berlin, Suffield, Hartford, Farmington, Newington, East Windsor, Wethersfield, Windsor, Burlington, Enfield, Plainville, West Hartford, Windsor Locks, Granby, Canton, Bloomfield, Thompsonville, Avon, Southington and Southwood Acres