Making the Final Decision
You may call the NMBEA to verify the license status of the architects you interviewed. Although the architects may display certificates indicating that they are licensed by the state, these certificates may be invalid if the architects have not renewed their licenses, have had their privilege to practice suspended, or their license revoked. The NMBEA, upon written or telephone inquiry, will also inform you of any Notices of Contemplated Action (formal charging document) filed against the architects. Check the references that each architect has given you and ask the following questions:
- Did the architect adhere to required schedules and budgets?
- Were the clients pleased with the architect’s work and their working relationship with the architect?
- Did the architect listen to the clients’ concerns and attempt to resolve them?
- Would they hire the architect again?
If possible, visit the project sites the architects have used as examples of their work.