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40 QUESTIONS TO ASK AN ARCHITECT

Experience

  • Have you worked on any projects like this before?
  • Have you had any experience with this size of project?
  • What point of difference does you practice have from other architects with similar experience?
  • Can I see your portfolio of similar projects?
  • Who from your practice would I be dealing with on a regular basis? Would this person be designing my project?

My Project

  • Are you interested enough in my project to make it a priority?
  • What challenges do you foresee for my project?

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INDUSTRIES OF ARCHITECTURE

It is nice to see I have been quoted from an article I wrote for the Association of Consulting Architects in this book titled ‘Industries of Architecture’, edited by Katie Lloyd Thoma, Tilo Amhoff and Nick Beech.

NAVIGATING THE CLIENT & ARCHITECT AGREEMENT

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FEDERATION STORY

Federation Story is a free interactive exhibition at Federation Square that traces the events, people and ideas that led to Australia’s Federation. It also celebrates the richly diverse stories and events that have continued to shape our country, our culture and our place in the world. My story has been featured. You can view the link here.

ARBV ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE EXAMINER 

I have been invited by the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV), a statutory authority with its primary responsibilities including the registration of architects and approval of architectural companies/partnerships, investigation of complaints against architects, provision of Tribunal inquiry into professional conduct and accreditation of architecture courses, to become an Architectural Practice Examiner. I feel honoured to be invited and have proudly accepted the position. 

I have a passion for encouraging, supporting and mentoring graduates of architecture, particularly woman, to register as architects. 

Registration provides formal recognition of our skills, training and experience in the eyes of both the public and the profession. It’s process offers learning and networking opportunities, and is an important career milestone, and enabling us to set up our own practice. It also provides access to many of the systems used to obtain and reward our work, and leadership roles which are limited to registered architects. Research also indicates that registered architects earn higher salaries. Most importantly, after years of study and work it allows us to officially and legally call ourselves an architect.

ARCHITECT’S REGISTRATION COURSE

Are you considering becoming registered?

Are you a graduate of architecture, living in Melbourne, and wanting to become registered? I highly recommend the PARC course, run by the lovely Bryan Miller and Nicole Hardman, which I completed in 2010. If you are considering doing the course apply ASAP to avoid disappointment. The details below have been provided by Bryan Miller.

What is PARC?

Practicing Architecture Pty Ltd (PARC) is a small education provider specializing in the area of Architectural Professional Practice. PARC is run by Architects for Architects (and for those preparing to be registered as Architects). Over the last ten years the PARC Tutorials have assisted some 2000 applicants with achieving their architectural registration with an average pass rate within our participants across this time of over 90%.

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DO YOU HAVE MATES IN THE INDUSTRY?

savings and budget

If you are thinking about carrying out a new build, extension, or alterations, and you think you can save money by having “mates in the industry” you must read this blog post.

KINGSVILLE PROJECT

Here are some pictures of my Kingsville project on site. Demolition has been completed, the slab has been poured (and polished), and they will soon commence with the framing. They are hoping to get to lock up by mid to late August. It’s all very exciting. Kingsville Alteration Addition Jane Cameron Architects 03Kingsville Alteration Addition Jane Cameron Architects 01

PARTIAL ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES

Are you considering not using an architect for the construction stage?

A full architectural service takes a project from concept through to completion on site. Occasionally clients consider not engaging the architect for the construction stage of their project, other wise referred to as Contract Administration; however, there are risks associated with this. Some clients fail to understand that CA is a core architectural service, as opposed to an additional service. While this may at first be seen as a cost saving measure clients may not be aware of the risks involved by proceeding with the construction stage without the assistance and guidance of the architect. Contracts produced by such organizations as the MBA and HIA have no role for an architect and it could be argued that these contracts appear to be biased towards the building contractor. Clients need to understand these risks before making the decision not to engage the architect for the provision of CA services. The risks include:

  • Forms of building contract where there is no provision for an architect.

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PLUS 10%

Why pay 10% on top of your construction costs for an architect?

Imagine you were buying a new car, and for 10% extra you could have the car fully customised to your own personal needs, with no increase to manufacturing costs. Would you do it? The same precise analogy can be used when engaging an architect to design a home to your own personal needs and aspirations. The 10% (or whatever percent is determined necessary for the complexities of your project, be it 6% or 15%) is buying you expertise that will allow you, for the same construction cost, to create a home that has been specially customised for your needs.