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Old 02-01-2009, 09:08 PM
 
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Hi,

I live in Berkeley Heights and I'm looking for an architect for a residential project, who is AIA certified (preferably). Can anyone recommend someone that has really great, creative ideas, is not over-the-top expensive (like Moderator cut: City-Data is not the place for consumer complaints ) and doesn't charge for an initial consult/meeting (like Moderator cut: Removed company names ) ? THANKS SO MUCH!

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Old 02-02-2009, 09:47 AM
 
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Try GRA in Clark. I can't comment on whether they charge for consults, or whether you'd consider them expensive, but I've worked with them in the past and they do good work.
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Old 02-02-2009, 03:10 PM
 
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Default Looking for Architect

I would HIGHLY recommend Mr. Herb Lauterwald in Bound Brook. He is not only a Licensed Architect, but also a Professional engineer, as well as a Professional Land Surveyor. He is very reasonable and experienced, and used to be in a engineer in a couple of towns. I've worked with him on various projects, (as a sub-contract land surveyor), and I have never seen him disappoint anyone. Good luck.
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Old 02-02-2009, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Marlton (Evesham Twp)
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Berkeley Heights??

Hmmm....Check out Wesketch in Millington. They do phenomenal work, but are probably on the pricey side. But with the current economy, most architects are in dire need of work so maybe they will work with you.

Just so you know, AIA is an organization that you have to buy into as an architect. True, they have continuing education requirements, but I can tell you that the state of NJ has the same requirements as the AIA. So an AIA architect is not necessarily any better than a non-AIA architect, especially in a state like NJ. A "certified" architect as you called it is an 'RA' or registered architect. 'AIA' architects choose to use those letters in lieu of the 'RA' as they feel it is more prestigious. Don't be fooled by letters. Interview them and ask to see actual built examples of their work. You will know if they are right for you..
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Old 02-04-2009, 12:11 PM
 
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Berkeley Heights??

Hmmm....Check out Wesketch in Millington. They do phenomenal work, but are probably on the pricey side. But with the current economy, most architects are in dire need of work so maybe they will work with you.

Just so you know, AIA is an organization that you have to buy into as an architect. True, they have continuing education requirements, but I can tell you that the state of NJ has the same requirements as the AIA. So an AIA architect is not necessarily any better than a non-AIA architect, especially in a state like NJ. A "certified" architect as you called it is an 'RA' or registered architect. 'AIA' architects choose to use those letters in lieu of the 'RA' as they feel it is more prestigious. Don't be fooled by letters. Interview them and ask to see actual built examples of their work. You will know if they are right for you..

I had previously worked with Wesketch and we used call them 'We Sketch' because of their poor work quality. Maybe they're good with residential buildings but judging from what I've seen with my own eyes, I wouldn't recommend them to anybody.
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Old 02-22-2009, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Brick, NJ
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I'm a builder in Central NJ who has worked with many architects in the past and have my own horror stories as well. I've finally found someone that knows what they are doing and take pride in their work and plans. The name of the company is Dario Architecture & Design. They do work in NJ, PA and NY. The owner is Dario Pasquariello and is AIA certified and a pleasure to work with. The solutions and designs for additions he creates are second to none. Give him a call and tell him Rudy recommended him. The contact info is 908-247-5350, they are in Howell.
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Old 02-22-2009, 11:01 PM
 
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david feldman, feldman & feldman colts neck.
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Old 02-23-2009, 10:10 AM
 
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Do you have a contractor to do the work? If not, try calling Better Than New (732-302-0633). They might know architects and will do amazing work for you. I've used them for all my interior remodeling, updates, etc. and haven't found anyone in central NJ who can do better work. Good luck.
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Old 02-23-2009, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Brick, NJ
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I've used Feldman, and lets just say I won't recommend them
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Old 02-24-2009, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Marlton (Evesham Twp)
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I had previously worked with Wesketch and we used call them 'We Sketch' because of their poor work quality. Maybe they're good with residential buildings but judging from what I've seen with my own eyes, I wouldn't recommend them to anybody.
Wow, I'm shocked. I have seen their work as well....and maybe I only see the good stuff. I was speaking only of their residential work as that was what the original poster inquired about. I'm not familiar with anything commercial out of their office.

Are you in construction?
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