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Here’s the Uber for architecture: elite services for web-savvy commoners

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The Internet is all about elite services for common folk these days. Designer furniture, luxury clothing, and even top-notch car service can be had at a fraction of their usual cost for the discerning webizen.

Now we can add custom architectural services to that list. Archability wants to make finding an architect a simple, accessible process, no matter how big or small the job may be.

“Essentially, we are an architectural services matchmaker, bringing together those who require assistance with anything in the architectural realm and those who have the skills to deliver the requested service,” said founder Livingstone Mukasa (pictured) in a recent interview with VentureBeat.

For people seeking an architect’s services, Archability provides a global venue where users’ projects receive maximum exposure to a very specific type of professional. For skilled architects looking for work, the startup offers a virtual office that delivers new projects and potential clients.

Here’s a brief demonstration video showing more about how the site works:

“For too long, architectural services have been regarded as a luxury, available only to a privileged few,” said Mukasa. “[These services were] regarded as out of reach for those on budgets or those without much exposure to these services. Archability aims to bring architectural services to a wider audience, allowing anyone with any requirement, no matter how small in scope, to solicit and receive services that suit their needs.”

And it’s not just the “little man” Archability aims to please — think about all the architects who’ve been out of work since the 2008 market collapse, when the real estate bubble burst. Mukasa said his company is helping these professionals get back to work by giving them a steady stream of opportunities and projects.

Mukasa also told us he thinks Archability has the power to change the world “one project at a time … More than ever, as people scale down their lifestyles, become more conscious of their surroundings, and think more sustainably, architectural services are needed in ways that must depart from the previous conventions.”

The company presented at DEMO today in Santa Clara. One of the venture capitalist judges said, “I loved the passion of this pitch,” further noting that the platform would be a great starting point for students or those new to the profession.

Archability was launched in 2009 and has been bootstrapped to date. Mukasa is looking for investors currently. The startup’s roadmap includes big scaling plans and rolling out new features.

Archability is one of 80 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2012 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After we make our selections, the chosen companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

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