Why use a Chartered Architect? Practice Profile

RIAS Chartered Practice

Along with ARB registration and RIBA & RIAS membership, the practice is an RIAS Chartered Practice, which by registration demonstrates committed to the highest professional standards

A client centred service - Architects can provide a service that extends well beyond producing a set of drawings. Adept at identifying the needs and aspirations of their clients, architects will bring their special skills, knowledge and experience to a project.

Value for money - Not only can architects provide value for money, but professional attention to detail will achieve value through the most efficient use of space, and careful selection of materials and finishes. Environmental sensitivity, energy efficiency, low running and maintenance costs can bring extra benefits to your project.

Imagination - Whether you are looking for tradition or innovation, boldness or understatement, an architect can lift your project out of the ordinary. Anyone can alter a building. It takes an architect to do it with flair, imagination and style.

Freedom from worry - Architects can guide you through the complex procedures of planning permission and building regulations and monitor the builder's programme of works through to completion. Chartered Architects are required to carry professional indemnity insurance.

Undertaking a building project, whatever its scale, can be a daunting experience, but the same basic criteria apply, be it a simple house extension or a large office development. When you use a chartered architect you are employing someone who has undertaken seven years architectural training, the longest in the building industry. Anyone styling themselves 'building consultant', 'architectural designer', 'plan drawer' and so on is unlikely to be an architect, and does not have comparable skill or knowledge.


These are just some of the reasons why using a Chartered Architect makes sense.

Hotel and Leisure

• bars / restaurants / hotels / golf clubhouses



Office & Commercial

• retail units / offices / business premises




• factory / industrial premises


Listed Buildings / Conservation Areas

• upgrading / improvements / new developments

   / liaising with Historic Scotland


• alterations / restoration / conservation




• housing association / private clients / new build

   / extensions / alterations


Having worked in the architectural profession for more than thirty years, Lawrie Orr has developed a deep knowledge and understanding of the design process in the construction industry. Based in Dunblane, he has worked with numerous private and corporate clients throughout Scotland on new build projects, alterations & refurbishments in a wide range of sectors.


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Chartered Architect RIBA RIAS Lawrie Orr