About Architectural Fees.
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Fees are based on the RAIC's "A Guide to Determining Appropriate Fees for the Services of an Architect" using the Construction Costs with Basic Engineering, and considering building type & complexity. Fees include engineering & quantity survey costs.
Buildings are already so expensive without additional costs, it can be challenging to even consider design fees as valuable. However, the work an architect does is extremely valuable and attention to design and details early in the project is much more cost effective than finding mistakes during construction where dollars really add up.
A project is typically broken into phases including:
- Schematic Design
- Design Development
- Construction Documents
- Tender & Bidding
- Construction Administration
- Post Occupancy
Using this as a guide, we can multiply the expected level of effort for each stage of the project into a fixed fee. The real challenge with this breakdown is that it's hard for non-architects to understand.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) break it down slightly differently.
- Strategic Definition
- Preparation & Briefing
- Concept Design
- Spatial Coordination
- Technical Design
- Manufacturing & Construction
The difference in the two descriptions of the process is to reflect the changes in the construction industry and the variety of ways architects can engage in different types of projects from traditional architecture to master planning.
Regardless of how you break it down, a design project is divided into 3 distinct stages:
- Identification – (Pre-Design, Programming)
- Definition (Concept Design through Technical Design)
- Implementation - (Construction & Use)
Now... with all of this in mind we can scale the project phases into time and hours of work depending on your schedule. For more information send an email with your prefered method of contact and we'll break it down further: email@example.com