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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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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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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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A QUICK GUIDE FOR CLIENTS ON ARCHITECT’S SPEAK

A brief guide to help you understand our language

Brief – Your wish list

Client – That’s you

Consultant – A person who is consulted for paid expert advice, i.e. structural engineer, surveyor etc. We can advise you on the appointment of your consultants, from our trusted team.

Contingency sum – A sum of money included in a building contract or preserved outside it for costs (if necessary), for things unforeseen at the time that the building contract price was calculated. Contingency sums are highly recommended and we can assist you in establishing a recommended amount, which is normally calculated on a percentage.

Design Contingency Sum – A sum of money allowed in your project’s budget to cover the cost of matters that are unknown or unresolved at the time your budget is established. Your design contingency will typically be proportionally high early in the design stages and reduces as the design develops. Design Contingency Sums are highly recommended, and we can assist you in establishing an amount, typically calculated on a percentage.

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ARCHITECT OR DRAFTSPERSON

This is a client’s experience of having used a draftsperson and an architect.

There is a well published project, comprising of an home alteration and extension, that I have often admired designed by a local architect. When I realised is was built by a builder I knew I sent him an email congratulating him on the beautiful project. Before I knew it the builder had kindly organised for me to see the work. Lucky me.

It was fantastic to see the project in the flesh, and to see the architect’s attention to detail being beautifully carried out by the builder. It reminded me that it’s not only important to have the right architect, it is equally important to have the right builder.

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STARCK VIDEO

Can you spot me in this video?

I forgot all about this video until I came across it today on the web. If you fast forward it to 4.07 minutes I am the one on the right, resting on my hand. When I lived in London I worked with Philippe Starck, who is said to be the most famous and prolific designer alive. This particular video is part of the promotional material for ‘The House’ in downtown Dallas, Texas – a 28-story high rise apartment tower. I was the senior concept designer responsible for all the apartment layouts and the interior design for each residence and the common areas (lobby, business centre, owner’s lounge, and pool).

PHENELOPE SEIDLER

Phenelope Seidler’s suprising response to the question to why she became an architect was: “After I married Harry I realised I would have to be able to share his passion on a more even level.” That’s what I call dedication to a marriage. As much as I love my husband I am not going to become a Geologist.

EVA JIRICNA

Eva Jiřičná – awarded an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art

Eva Jiřičná has been awarded another honorary doctorate. How many can one have? I have lost count of how many she has received; this time it is from the Royal College of Art. A huge congratulations to Eva.

To learn more about Eva’s amazing achievements click here.

ARCHITECT SONG

I am an Architect (LYRICS)

“Yo, Where my red lines at?”

I picture Frank Lloyd Wright, while you think I’m Mike Brady
And engineers devour our work and call us crazy
We got rounded specs, but they ain’t for looks
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