To begin the process of building your project, you need to start somewhere right? In a lot of cases, business owners flock to an architect to first begin the process. This first step is not necessarily the wrong first step but there are other options that may guide you in the right direction faster and with faster design time, cost savings and a faster construction timeline. First let's start by understanding that an architect first needs to understand what goal you want to reach with your design. Then there will be a few meetings and long periods of understanding between the two different parties while the owner of the project is trying to simultaneously figure out if what is being designed is affordable.