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How much is the cost of hiring a professional architect?

Last updated: 14th May 2019

Residential architects usually charge an average price of $60/hr for their services. However, the final cost of architecture and design services will still depend on how complex your project is. The average rate of professional architects can go for as low as $50/hr to as high as $77/hr.

In order to properly estimate how much to spend, it’s important to know the different kinds of projects that architects are able to do.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Architects and Residential Designers on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

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Four essential reasons why an architectural design could cost more

The complexity of the job is the main determining factor on how much money you’re going to spend on architecture and design services. This is based on a lot of things, which include the following:

  • Climate

Natural elements like temperature, wind, humidity, and precipitation directly influence how a structure is designed.

  • Building Materials

The materials and resources that are used to build a home are not randomly chosen, and high-quality materials may cost more.

  • Technology

Similar to materials, technology is also carefully chosen to ensure that a project is properly completed. Complicated designs naturally require more sophisticated technology and equipment.

  • Geography

Location is one of the most important aspects of architectural design. Before architects proceed with a design, they have to ensure that it can be built on the clients’ desired location.

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How locations affect hourly rates

Cost of architecture and residential design

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Residential architecture services are cheapest in Victoria and Western Australia with an average cost of around $50/hr. In New South Wales, residential architects are charging an average price of about $60/hr, while in the Australian Capital Territory, the average rate for architects is around $66/hr.

The average price of architectural services in Queensland is a little higher at approximately $70/hr. At an average rate of $120/hr, South Australia has the most expensive architectural cost.

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Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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