All architects are not created equal. In addition to their creative talents, which we have considered as evident by the visuals of their work, there is the aspect of building integrity. Are they versed in the latest technologies for energy efficiency, code compliance, and building science? Such questions may be more difficult to answer, but one suggested way is to ask about experience with a variety of construction techniques and/or successful accomplishment of performance standards (e.g. passive home design) in past projects.
Here’s a project featuring construction with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs).