INITIAL MEETING & BRIEFING
An initial meeting gives the opportunity to discuss what your project is about, and we can see if it’s something we can pursue. Come with your aspirations, goals, background information, and an idea of project budget.
The initial meeting helps establish the scope of the project, and we follow up with a fee proposal which summarises the initial brief, sets out the relevant scope and stages, and fee for the project.
The concept design process synthesizes the qualitative aspirations with the physical constraints of the project. We test the brief. We define a hierarchy for competing priorities. We explore, appraise, discard and propose the best design options available.
The concept design process results in floor plan options. There may be a series of options available, or the process may create one clear option.
This stage provides further design development, and progresses into the design of the building form, proposal of materials, and explores how the building works in section and elevation.
The stage results in a 3D building form, sections, and elevations.
Interior design is integral to the space and is an extension of the architecture. We provide detailed design of internal elements (kitchens, bathrooms, joinery, etc) and internal materials and finishes throughout.
Various approvals are required for differing project types and location. We guide you through what is required, make submissions on your behalf, and liaise with authorities. Approval types may include Planning Approval, Utility Approvals, Driveway Approvals, Tree Approvals, Building Approval, etc.
The construction documentation stage provides a co-ordinated, finely-resolved, clearly communicated package of documentation for construction. This stage is critical in ensuring the design intent is carried through to execution. The stage also involves co-ordination with consultants such as Structural Engineer, Energy Assessor, Building Certifier, etc.
The stage results in a set of construction documentation drawings and schedules.
The best way to protect the integrity of the design is to have the Architect administer the building contract. Contract Administration occurs when the ABIC SW building contract is used (a contract jointly published by the Master Builders of Australia Limited & Australian Institute of Architects) which requires the Architect to act as the Superintendent.
Throughout construction the Architect inspects the construction works to observe the general conformance with the building contract documents and instructs regarding design quality control and performance. The Architect also assesses builder’s progress payment claims, extensions of time, variations, and administers the defects liability period.