Hiring out an architect can make a real difference in a construction project. However, it can also make a real dent in your bank account. Professional architects generally charge between $50 and $150 per hour of their time. The more expensive and skilled architects may charge even more than this. Most projects require between 8 and 30 hours of time for an architect to complete, putting the total cost between $500 and $4,500 in most cases. An alternative method of payment is the option of a negotiated flat fee, which can be as low as $1,000 for more constructions.