What does an Architect do?

Architects can consult in many ways but there are 4 Stages in a typical full architectural service provision

  1. 1.DESIGN CONCEPT

Pre-design

• obtain the client’s brief • recommend fees & appointment of consultants • assess site • review regulatory & code requirements

Sketch Design

  1. organise & attend client & other meetings as required • prepare sketches, diagrams & information to explain the design

  2. brief consultants • do preliminary costings • select materials & finishes

  3. proceed with client approval to final detailed design


  1. 2.DETAILED DESIGN

  2. develop sketch design to final design with drawings & appropriate documents to explain the design

  3. co-ordinate consultant inputs • provide schedules • review design against budget

  4. organise & attend client & other meetings as required • planning & development approval

• proceed with client approval to documentation


  1. 3.CONTRACT DOCUMENTATION

  2. provide recommendations on tendering process • prepare drawings at appropriate scale including plans, elevations & sections together with details & schedules to enable project to be tendered • co-ordinate input of other consultants • prepare specification

  3. submit documents for building approval & tendering

  4. proceed with client approval to call tenders


  1. 4.CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION

Tendering

call tenders & respond to enquiries from tenderers • close & assess tenders • negotiate with preferred tenderer

Administration

  1. prepare contract documents • undertake site inspections • check work in progress • review shop drawings & other submissions

  2. supplement details & information as appropriate • arrange site & other meetings as required • provide reports

  3. assess progress claims etc • prepare defects list • inspect & issue notice of practical completion

Post Construction

• assess final contract account • inspect works • issue final certificate