If you need to know about engaging the services of an architect, this RIBA guide is for you. Straightforward and completely up to date, it sets out everything that you as a client - whether for domestic, commercial, small or large projects - needs to be aware of. As well as explaining the considerable added value that the right architect can bring to the success of your project, the guide talks you through the formal appointment mechanisms that architects as professionals will expect to transact with you. General background information outlining the importance of the brief and project management is supported by an explanation of the RIBA's industry-standard 'Outline Plan of Work'. Importantly, the various options for calculating fees are described. Finally, the guide briefly introduces you to other major legislation affecting your project. Aimed at all construction clients - especially those who have never carried out this role before - the guide offers a quick and easy overview of the value, mechanisms and context of appointing an architect. It is an ideal publication for architects to give to their clients, or indeed for clients to read before employing an architect for their project.