Because architectural investigation requires
a wide range of knowledge and many different skills, various people
are likely to interact on the same project.
While homeowners frequently execute small-scale
projects, more complex projects might be directed by a craftsman,
an architect or a conservator.
For large-scale projects, a team approach
may need to be adopted, consisting of professionals interacting
with additional consultants. Consulting specialists may include
architectural historians, architectural conservators, craftsmen,
historic finish analysts, historians, archeologists, architects,
curators, and many others. The scope and needs of a specific project
dictate the skills of key players.
Architectural investigation often includes
the related fields of landscape and archeological investigation.
Landscape survey or analysis by horticulturists and landscape
architects identify pre-existing features or plantings or those
designed as separate or complementary parts of the site. Both
above and below-ground archeology contribute information about
missing or altered buildings, construction techniques, evidence
of lifestyle and material culture, and about the evolution of
the historic landscape itself.