Design and construction projects involve several steps. Typically, projects go through the following six phases. However, on some projects several of these steps may be combined or there may be additional ones.
Your requirements are yours alone. Your needs and desires are different; and the resulting design solution will be as well.
The more detailed information you give, the easier it will be for the architect to address your needs.
Your architect should be able to provide detailed answers to each of the following questions. Remember! Your comfort and convenience, not to mention your budget and design goals, are the highest priority, so be sure to interview more than one architect before making your decision.
- What does the architect see as important issues or considerations in your project?
• What are the challenges of the project?
- How will the architect approach your project?
- How will the architect gather information about your needs, goals, etc.?
- How will the architect establish priorities and make decisions?
- Who from the architecture firm will you be dealing with directly? Is it the same person who will be designing the project?
- Who will be designing your project?
- How interested is the architect in this project?
- How busy is the architect?
- What are the steps in the design process?
- How does the architect organize the process?
- What does the architect expect you to provide?
- What is the architect's design philosophy?
What is the architect's experience/track record with cost estimating?
- What will the architect show you along the way to explain the project? Will you see drawings or sketches?
- What services does the architect provide during construction?
- How disruptive will construction be? How long does the architect expect it to take to complete your project?
- What sets this architect apart from the rest?
- How does the architect establish fees?
- What would the architect expect the fee to be for this project?
- If the scope of the project changes, how will additional fees be determined?
- Do you have a list of past clients that the architect has worked with?
When selecting an architect, a public owner's primary concerns are to get the best available professional services for the taxpayers' money and to conduct a fair and equitable selection process.
The QBS Wisconsin program is provided as a public service by AIA Wisconsin and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin. The "Wisconsin QBS Manual" provides a step-by-step guide for implementing a qualifications-based selection process.
Working with an architect can save time and money while making your new environment more functional, comfortable, and sustainable.
The fee an architect receives depends on the types and levels of services provided.
The American Institute of Architects, founded in 1857, is the professional organization for 80,000 licensed architects and associated professionals. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., and state and local chapters worldwide, the AIA helps to build public awareness of architecture and supports the practice of architecture.
In addition to meeting professional standards for licensure to practice architecture, AIA members adhere to the AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, assuring clients, the public, and colleagues of their dedication to high standards of professional practice. AIA members must also fulfill annual continuing education requirements to maintain their professional standing and to stay current in the profession.
The AIA has also created a number of documents that will greatly facilitate your arrangements with your architect. These standard forms of agreement, first developed in the 1880s, have been carefully reviewed, court-tested, and modified over many years. Widely accepted by the construction industry, they present a current consensus among organizations representing owners, lawyers, contractors, engineers, and architects.
The scope of services offered in the AIA documents range from the typical to customized applications. You may choose from a variety of formats that come prepackaged or à la carte. This approach gives you the flexibility to customize the scope of services that meet your particular needs.
With the help of this guide and AIA Contract Documents, you will be on your way to a successful relationship with your architect in no time.
A sample plan and guide to contracts that are specifically tailored to these new or expanded roles, responsibilities and risks.