The formal agreement between you and your architect is an opportunity to ensure that you both envision the same project, requirements, and expectations. Before committing these to paper, use the steps presented below to identify any items that may have been missed.
Establish project requirements with these crucial questions:
- What is to be designed and built?
- Where will (or might) it be built?
- What is the level of quality?
- What is the role of the project in your life, your community, and/or your business?
- What are the scheduling requirements or restraints?
- What is the target date for completion?
- What are the budget and sources of financing?
- Who are the anticipated key team members?
Describe project tasks and assign responsibility for each one.
You and your architect should clarify the administrative, design, and construction tasks essential to successfully completing the project, as well as the services required and who will be responsible for each of them.
Identify your schedule requirements.
Place all tasks on a time line, estimating duration for each, and identify those that, if delayed, will postpone completion of your project. Compare the time line with your target completion date and adjust one or both as appropriate.
Take a critical look at the results .
Good project schedules allow enough time for decision making. Is your schedule reasonable, particularly given the project’s requirements and budget? Have you allowed enough time to review the architect’s submissions, receive any necessary approvals, and make your decisions?