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Understanding the architectural process


Understanding the architectural process:
Every architectural project follows a series of clear stages and an architect's professional expertise brings consistency and quality to each step in the building process.

The Project Brief
is the first stage of sharing information and describing the vision you, the client, have for your site or project. The Project Brief should clearly articulate your needs and your vision.

Concept Design is the second phase of the project. At this point, the architect considers all the options and will present you with several solutions, through a series of drawings, perspective sketches, computer rendering or physical models.

Developed Design
is the third phase of the project. When you have agreed on a concept your architect will test the ideas and refine the details to shape the final design of your building. At this stage your budget will be discussed and your priorities will be set in terms of cost, time, and quality.

Planning Approval
is necessary before the final, detailed or working drawings can be finalised. Once all the consents for the project have been finalised, working drawings allow a construction contractor to assess the full scope of the project prior to the Tender Process.

Building Consent
is crucial to the actual construction or renovation and your architect is the best person to understand the relevant codes and to apply for this consent for you.

Choosing a builder and contractors is another important role your architect can help with. Your architect is well-placed to help co-ordinate and integrate the contribution of all building professionals (engineers, quantity surveyors, building contractors etc) into the building process.

Throughout the construction of the building, your architect can manage the contractual and financial transactions as well as oversee the construction phase of the project to ensure that best building practice is maintained and that your building is one of quality.

Once the building is completed, your architect will assess the construction for quality and provide you with a detailed list of remaining work. Your architect will collect all trade warranties from the main contractor, secure a Code of Compliance Certificate, administer the final payment and issue the main contractor with a Defects Liability Certificate for you. All you have to do is enjoy your new building!
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