Architects must be registered with the appropriate state or national body in order to use the term “architect”. This is proof of their experience and qualifications.
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Architects, particularly architectural project managers, are responsible for the following:
The architect is also responsible for making sure that the building or project is structurally sound, and this requires an understanding of engineering or bringing in a structural engineer if necessary. Also, once the project has been completed, there is usually a warranty period, and the architect is the professional that liaises with the client and the builder to ensure that the work has been completed fully, satisfactorily and safely.
An architect does not work alone on a building project but usually as part of a varied team. Some professionals that the architect is coordinates or otherwise works with are:
This is not a definitive list of professionals as who needs to be engaged to work on a project is dependent on the scope and boundaries of the project itself. For example, the building of a new property may require the coordination and input of more professionals than a simple renovation would.
When choosing a residential or commercial architect, it is important that you speak with them first to ensure that they are able to understand and share in the vision that you have for your home improvement project. You will also want to see proof of their experience and qualifications, and you should ask for previous examples of their work. If possible, get references and find out what insurances they have.
You can read more about the registration of architects in your state/territory at Licensedtrades.com.au.
Architects will generally work their fee out based on a percentage of the total building cost, and may also vary with the complexity of your project. Architects who design your home and then are involved through the entire project may well charge in excess of $10 000, depending on the scale and length of the job. The costing could be expressed as follows: concept design (1%), design development (1%), DA approval (2%), tender documentation (1%), contract admin (3%) etc. Ensure that you are clear what is exactly involved in any project and all additional charges are included in a final figure.
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