WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR FINDING AN ARCHITECT?
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR FINDING AN ARCHITECT
Background to Architect
Use of the title Architect is restricted in accordance with the Architectural Practice Act 2009. Architects require a registration and compliance with a Professional Code of Conduct.
There is a National Institute of Architects with branches in every state of Australia. The institute provides a voice for the profession in addition to ongoing advice to members related to a wide range of matters affecting architectural practice.
Employment of an Architect
As well as professional and highly qualified design services an architect may have extensive experience in specific areas of building (such as residential, commercial or industrial) in addition to qualifications (for example) in town planning, urban design or management.
Architects can provide services related to a wide range of building activities including preparation of construction documentation, calling tenders, arranging building contracts, administering building contracts and building inspections.
It is important to note that architects do not generally ‘supervise’ building work. They can be employed by a client to administer a building contract in which the work is supervised by a Licenced Builder. In some situations the architect is also a licenced builder.
Contract administration can include assessing progress payments to the builder, issuing, assessing and authorizing contract variations, assessing and determining extensions of time and formally notifying practical completion.
There is no fixed scale of architectural fees. Charges by architects are normally based on the practitioner’s assessment of the requirements together with the experience and skill available.
General experience indicates that employment of an architect through the various stages of building or in a specialized role (such as building inspection) can result in a range of advantages including better design, efficient contract outcome and improved value of the product.
Finding an Architect
Recommendations and viewing an architect’s work are the obvious methods. Most architects will discuss your project without charge. Web sites frequently provide a summary of work completed.
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