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Navigating the Client and Architect Agreement

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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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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

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.

LIFE QUALITY

‘There is a danger that in the rush to cut costs we lose more than money from our building projects. To avoid diminishing the quality of life that good design brings, it is necessary to identify the value created by thoughtful and responsive architecture.’

Ruth Reed, Royal Institute of British Architects President, 2009–2011

GOOD DESIGN RECIPE

The ingredients of good design

The recipe for good design include:

  • delivering a customised home designed to your own individual brief
  • providing a home that is inclusiveness and accessibility for all
  • delivering fitness for purpose, without the expensive add-ons
  • providing sustainability that is incorporated into the fabric and use of the building
  • creating a low running and maintenance costs home
  • delivering a return on your investment
  • creating a positive impact on your environment
  • completing you home on-time and on-budget
  • providing flexibility for a future change of use
  • delivering cost-effectiveness in the long term, with good design always costing less than bad design
  • delivering value over the whole life cycle of the your home

BUILDING HOUSES MAKING HOMES

The benefits of good design

If there is one place you will appreciate and experience the benefits of good design, it will be your own home. It is were we eat, sleep, work and play.

In a world that is constantly changing, our home provides a place of stability and security.

Our spaces need to be flexible, functional, and comfortable, whilst providing privacy. Otherwise the quality of our life may suffers.

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INVEST NOW – OR PAY LATER

Using an architect for your new home makes financial sense

Good design has it’s price; however, skimping on design quality will cost you more in the long run. Architect’s fee are typically a small percentage of the overall project costs, and they appear insignificant when compared with your homes operating costs over its life cycle.

Good design can maximise your home’s energy efficiency and reduce it’s operating costs. Engaging an architect at the project’s beginning enables us to design the project as a whole, and to create a design that is economical to run and capable of commanding greater value in the long term.

Developing a solid working relationship your architect, and spending time working through your brief, your timeframe, your budget, and the nature and cost of specialist consultants, will dramatically increase the chances of your project’s success.

If you’d like to discuss your project, please contact me for an obligation free consultation.

COST OF WORKS BREAKDOWN

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Where do all the costs go?

Of you overall costs of works for a new build home 25% of your costs could be taken up with external works and services (power, water, gas, sewer, storm water, paving, fencing etc), contingency, escalation, and GST; with the remaining 75% being taken up with building works.

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