Working successfully with an architect requires “good planning, open communications and an on-going awareness” of the project’s goals. This article, from the resource experts at the Center for Congregations, details things to think about when engaging an architect. For example, congregations are advised to bring architects into the process as early as possible in order to capitalize on their expertise in such areas as site assessment and zoning. It is also important to expose the architect to the congregation’s vision and culture. A special inset lists the range of skills an architect can bring to the project. Readers are reminded that the architect’s work doesn’t necessarily end with the adoption of a design. In fact, some can be engaged to manage the project, arrange permitting and more. This document serves as a conversation guide for leaders and building committees. A link to the Congregational Resource Guide leads to further resources.