What can you do as the client to assist realisation of your project?
- Be as clear as possible about what you want to achieve, what you need and what you can afford.
- Don’t hesitate to ask about the client/architect agreement before you sign the contract to clarify what will be done for what cost
- Changes are best made early so make sure your architect explains early sketch designs. The later in the process that changes are made, the more likely it will have a cost implication.
- Be clear about the responsibilities of the architect, builder and sub-contractors.
- If your architect is administering the building contract, avoid three-way confusion by dealing with all queries through your architect who will deal with the builder. This ensures your early discussions on what you wanted from the project are built-in all the way through.
- Keep your own notes of meetings, either in the office or on site. When decisions are flying, it can be useful to record them.
- Talk about timetables; be aware that many factors can affect these including delays in Council approval, unseasonal weather, disruption in the supply of materials and delays in construction due to matters outside the control of the architect.
- Don’t hesitate to ask questions, be involved, but allow your architect to do their job.
- Be aware of your rights as a consumer of architectural services. Professional conduct of architects is governed by the NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct. Familiarise yourself with the Code which is available in our downloads section.
If you have a problem, firstly talk to your architect and try to resolve these problems. Be open. But if you have a complaint or need advice about the professional conduct of an architect, contact the NSW Architects’ Registration Board.