Friday, July 29, 2016

Working With An Architect: 6 Tips On Effective Collaboration

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Architects take our vague ideas and create something that is practical, functional and beautiful. This is incorporated into the surrounding area to build a home that is both unique and in harmony. New build properties are on the rise, with more people opting for a bespoke living space. Therefore, working with an architect has never been more important.

There are many advantages to new build properties. If you are thinking of taking the plunge, here’s how to get the most out of your working relationship.

1. Credentials And Qualifications

Anyone using the title, architect in Australia must be registered with the Architects’ Board. This requires the completion of a recognised graduate programme and two years practical experience. Always ensure that prospective architects are registered. They should also be affiliated with reputable trade bodies.

It is also worth asking what Continuing Professional Development courses they are involved in. And also, what their areas of interest are.

2. Experience

In addition to qualifications, it is important to work with someone who has significant experience. Creating residential architecture designs and managing projects is a vast area. Look for someone who specialises in the type and style of property you’re looking to build.

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3. Gather Your Information

Before the initial meeting, gather as much information as possible. Make a list of your requirements. Include what you’re looking to achieve and why. If certain features are impractical, understanding your reasons will help them suggest alternatives. Be prepared to answer lots of questions and ask questions of your own.

It is always a good idea to provide photographs of similar ideas and styles. This makes it much easier to visualise. Rough sketches are also useful.

4. Draft Sketches

In the early stages, the architect will take your ideas and requirements and put together some rough drafts. This will open up the conversation and allow you to provide feedback. It is important to look over the sketches in detail and make notes. Ask questions and raise any issues you have. If there is anything that you feel doesn’t fit in with your requirements, let them know. This is a collaboration and partnership.

Sketches can be difficult for the layperson to understand. So, ensure you set up a meeting to go through them in detail and ask questions. Once the drafts have been approved, a final plan will be drawn up.

5. Planning And Permits

Obtaining the necessary planning permission and permits can be daunting. There is a lot of technical and legal information to understand and digest. Your architect is an expert in this area and will guide you through the process.

6. Site Visits

Ensure your architect carries out regular site visits. This may add to the final bill, but will ensure that the designs are interpreted faithfully. It will also provide consistency in the project.

The relationship you have with an architect is vital to the success of your building or renovations. Working with someone who shares your vision is, therefore, essential. They will bring your ideas to life. And on a practical level, they will navigate the process for you, saving time and money. Do your homework and find someone with relevant skills, qualifications and experience.


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