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What do I do ... anyway?

Architects create environments to suit people’s needs. Whether residential, commercial or institutional, new construction or renovation, an Architect matches building design to the client. The result is an investment, in both the present and the future, which creates enhanced value.

The Architect collaborates with the owner and assists in defining the project opportunities. This includes discussions of anticipated quantity, quality, function, budget, schedule, regulatory requirements and project organization.

Although, in many instances, Architects are called in to help with PREDESIGN SERVICES such as site selection assistance, project feasibility, financial Pro-Forma, etcetera, most projects begin with the site selected and use determined and the process typically involves of five phases.

They generally start with a SITE & PROGRAM ANALYSIS phase. The architect works to form and shape the building program and fit physical requirements to the site. Whether urban, suburban or rural, the siting of the building must successfully relate the owners needs to adjacent development, topography, climate, views, solar orientation and similar factors.

Once a concept is accepted, the SCHEMATIC DESIGN phase is initiated where the Architect then begins to give form to the ideas. The Architect explores and develops the basic design premise. Synthethesing the information from the proceeding phases, the schematic design investigates a full range of options and possibilities in an evolution of testing and refining the overall design concept.

Once a schematic design is established the DESIGN DEVELOPMENT phase begins where the Architect develops a clearer understanding and more fully involves the input of engineering disciplines and refines the details of the building's schematic design. This phase shifts the emphasis from the overall general concept to specific building components and assemblies, both interior and exterior, including preliminary investigation of materials and color.

Although, by the end of the Design Development phase the project is pretty much defined it needs the CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENT Phase to communicate the project to builders and local authorities. It is in this phase that the Architect prepares the technical drawings and specifications for construction. These documents which completely define the dimensions, materials, products and details are known as the “blue prints”. They represent the project for cost determination, regulatory code interpretation and construction.

It is now, in the BID/NEGOTIATING phase that the Architect assists the owner in selecting a bidder. The Architect evaluates cost proposals, responds to questions and proposed alternates or product substitution requests submitted by contractors based on the construction documents and prepares the necessary contracts for the construction.

On larger projects, sometime the Architect is asked to ensure owner satisfaction in a Post Construction Phase, but typically the services are completed with the CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION Phase. Here the Architect works to ensure that the construction quantity and quality meet specified standards. Periodic observation of the construction activity, review of application for payments and preparation of change orders give owners full value for their construction dollars.