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⇩ A Guide to Determining Appropriate Fees for the Services of an Architect.
A Guide to Determining Appropriate Fees for the Services of an Architect 2019 Edition is developed by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada to support clients and architects in identifying the scope of architectural services and determining appropriate fees for those professional services to support a fair exchange of value in establishing appropriate fees for an architect’s professional services.
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Graph showing typical allocation of fees for an architectural project.
⇩ Typical allocation of fees for an architectural project.
When caluclating the typcial distribution of fees, the above graph is typical. Complex projects may require an adjustment of schematic design vs. construction administration to achieve the desired outcome. It's important to understand that you need to adjust both ends of the process to equal 100%.

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.

Check out the Fee Calculator on the Resources Page.

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:

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.

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:

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: office@jcrobbinsarchitecture.com