Reading a standard two-dimensional plan isn’t easy. Even if you can tell where the walls, windows, and doors are, you may not get an accurate feel for how the design will look in the real world.

Ask your candidate how the ideas and drawings will be presented. Most architects now use software to render 3-D images that can be rotated and viewed from multiple angles. A lack of 3-D rendering capabilities may mean the candidate isn’t up to speed on the latest building techniques and methods.

What are the biggest challenges and attractions of this job?
Do you have a signature style?
Who will design my project?
What project management services do you provide?
How do you charge?
Will you recommend two or three general contractors?