An equine architect can help translate your barn ideas or plan into reality. Typically, an architect is a person trained and licensed to plan, design, and oversee the construction of buildings and the space within the site surrounding. In the architectural profession; technical knowledge, management, and an understanding of business are just as important as the knowledge of design.
While not an official designation, an equine architect is someone who has experience and expertise in designing and building equine facilities. These can include horse parks, race tracks, show venues and boarding, training and breeding facilities. An equine architect is responsible for creating a design that meets the requirements of that client and can include finding suitable property. Equine architects meet with and question the client [extensively] to determine all the requirements of the planned project.
One of the biggest advantages to using an equine architect is that they can coordinate all aspects of the design and construction team. They will know who offers the best footing or who is having a sale on stall components. Architects will also deal with local and federal jurisdictions regarding regulations and building codes. The architect might need to comply with local planning and zoning laws, such as required setbacks, height limitations, parking requirements, transparency requirements (windows) and land use.
With an equestrian architect, you're purchasing a service rather than just a product, I.e. a barn. The architect is there to resolve any issues for the owner, from overall site planning, programming, phasing, and design to overseeing the entire construction to making sure the barn is built exactly as planned. While hiring an equine architect may seem like just another expense, it can be a worthwhile investment to ensure your dream barn is exactly what you want.