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What Does an Architect Do?

What is an architect and what does an architect do? An architect is a licensed professional who designs buildings and organizes space. Architects also may become involved in overseeing the construction of their designs. Knowing the range of services an architect can provide isĀ helpful prior to retaining their services. The following list illustrates the breadth of scope regarding architectural services.

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Planning

  • Consultation:
    • Size, Appearance, Functional Requirements
  • Create & Share the Vision:
    • Preferred Styles, Design Standards, Lifestyle Matching, Dream Sharing, Inspirations
  • Define Reality:
    • Cost Estimates, Feasibility Studies, Option Analysis, Scope of Services, Fee Schedule
  • Site Planning:
    • Selection, Orientation, Utility Assessment
  • Space Planning:
    • Functionality and Initial Layouts

 

Design

  • Visualization:
    • Concept Design, Working Drawings, Renderings, Models
  • Mechanical Systems:
    • HVAC, Plumbing, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Sustainability
  • Electrical Systems:
    • Electric, Lighting, Security, Home Automation, Audio / Video
  • Specialists:
    • Kitchen & Bath, Lighting, Landscape
  • Construction Documents:Blueprints, Materials Specifications, Construction Techniques

 

Administration

  • Regulatory Compliance:
    • Codes & Ordinances, Zoning, Permits, Approvals, Inspections, Variance Processing, Jurisdictional CC&Rs
  • Project Management:
    • Scheduling & Timelines, Budget Adherence, Change Orders, Accounts Payable
  • Contractor Selection:
    • Recommendations, Bidding, Negotiations, Contract Management
  • Engineering Coordination:
    • Structural, Civil, Architectural, Environmental, Electrical, Mechanical, Geotechnical
  • Construction Administration:
    • Onsite Observation, Blueprint Adherence, Quality Assurance, Field Instructions
  • Closure:
    • Job Completion, Home Closing, Move In, Occupancy, Warranty Management, Evaluations