Spanish law requires that a qualified, registered architect signs off on the plans for any new build, to ensure all relevant regulations are complied with, and oversees the build, including managing your chosen builder. The architect is responsible for the design of the basic plan (proyecto básico) and the installation and structural plan (proyecto de ejecución) of the property and is legally liable for both.
You should always confirm your architect holds an accredited qualification (título homologado) to practice in Spain, is a member of the Architects Association in your local province, and is paid up to date with his or her membership and insurance obligations. We recommend you meet with at least two different architects to get a feel for who they are and if your vision is compatible. We can assist you with this process and provide you with a list of local architects, depending on your design preference and budget. In addition, we work with turn-key service providers – comprising architects, technical architects, builders, project managers, and interior designers – who offer turn-key services.
Architect fees in Spain are calculated on the basis of the estimated building cost (presupuesto). This is, in turn, calculated in line with recommendations from the Architects Association, depending on the type, size, and location of the build. It is almost always lower than the actual build cost and serves only to calculate fees as a percentage of the total. Even if the actual build cost is higher, the fee will remain the same. In general the majority of our plot and build projects include all architects fees, licenses etc.
TECHNICAL ARCHITECT (ARQUITECTO TÉCNICO / APAREJADOR)
Spanish law also requires that a qualified, registered technical architect supervises the build and ensures safety regulations are observed. Some architects, who hold both qualifications, can provide this service, but many work with a preferred colleague who they may recommend for the job. You are free to choose your own, but tried-and-tested teams tend to work well.