mightyanvil - could you take a look at this situation?
Hi mightyanvil - I'm cross-posting this from a current "discussion" thread, as a couple of responders suggested that you might be more apt to respond here - I *am* looking for personal comments and information, so I won't take offense at your comments, I promise!
Here's the post from last night (4/25/08):
Mostly I just need to vent, as I think my DH is sick of talking about this, as he's just as stressed as I am.
We've been working w/an architect since early July of last year ('07). We are still in the early stages of the permitting process (and it is a several month process) with the city, mostly because our architect, bless her heart, has not hit ONE SINGLE DEADLINE during our entire working relationship.
In October, she told us we'd submit initial plans to the City by end of the year. In December, she told us we'd submit right after year end - she was swamped because her commercial clients were panicked over expected code changes that were to take effect in the new year. In January, she told us there were working on it, but --oops-- she forgot that we needed to get a grading and drainage study done, so we had to wait for them to get us on their agenda.
We finally submitted plans in late February. City took a month before returning initial comments, which then sat on her desk for a couple of weeks before she worked on them - in the meantime, we missed the deadline for the upcoming Architectual Committee meeting, and then found out the next one has been cancelled, the one following that has a full agenda, so the earliest we can take that next step is in mid JUNE. So we're wasting 2 months waiting for nothing.
Along the way, she has never once delivered drafts, copies or pdfs when she said she was going to. Typically, she is late by a couple of days, with no good explanation as to why she's late except for "oh my god, I'm so sorry, it's been such a crazy day/week/month" Tonight was the last straw (I think), and I just want to cry. In fact, I might. We all agreed that she was going to submit revised plans to the City today, to guarantee us a spot on the Architectual Committee's June agenda. We met this morning, went over final edits, and she said she had a clear schedule, would work on our plans, deliver them to the city, and deliver us a copy to our doorstep afterwards.
Guess what? We get home from dinner tonight, and there are no plans on our porch.
No phone call (as usual), no email. We have NO IDEA what happened today, if anything. We believe nothing has happened.
Why have we stuck it out this long? We love her design. She's actually a nice person, and when we have live meetings with her, we've always come away confident and assured that things are going the right direction, and that she "gets us". And then we're always disappointed in the service that follows.
At this time, only floor plans, exterior elevations, daylight plane calcs, etc. have been done - no detailed construction plans or interior elevations.
If she doesn't have a good reason why nothing happened today (we just left her office at 10:30 a.m., for god's sake), we are seriously considering dumping her. We're $13.5K in to her (not including March and April billings), and ready to pick up a new architect.
What would you do? If we do decide to dump her, what are the chances she'll let us walk the existing plans over to someone else? (Of course, we'd break up with her nicely: "it's not you, it's us") The contract states that she owns the plans, and we may not use them without written consent.
How hard is it for an architect (any architects reading this?) to look at floor plans and elevations and recreate them?
Any support and advice will be appreciated, I'm just so drained from worrying about this, it's absolutely sickening.