Building 101: How to Navigate the Architect-Contractor-Client Relationship

Architect Cary Bernstein gives constructive advice: know what you want, who you're working with, and how much you can spend. And be patient.

In 12 years of running her own firm, San Francisco–based architect Cary Bernstein has designed countless residential projects and worked with dozens of contractors. She knows well the difficulties of architect-contractor-client relationships, and while she has no magic formula, she’s developed a pretty good system for making them work.

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