Message - Re: What does an architect do?

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Posted by  steveA on June 24, 2003 at 14:59:06:

In Reply to:  What does an architect do? posted by King Tan on June 22, 2003 at 16:25:42:

Different locations and different kinds of clients yield different sorts of processes. Here is one scenario which might apply to a developer driven project in a US city:
1. Understand Client needs
2. Understand constraints and opportunities of the site.
3. Preliminary Code review.
4. Preliminary layout of project. Get input from structural engineer.
5. Client review with a focus on square footage, parking count (for an urban office building he may need 1 space for 2 employees) , rough cost per square foot.
6. Wait while client does some financial analysis.
7. Resume schematic design. Pay courtesy call to City Planning office.
8. Integrate engineered systems. Submit schematic.
9. By the way- you've probably sent a couple of bills to the client, but haven't got paid because there is no cash flow yet. When you get City approval, the banks may start a flow of cash to the client.
10. Present scheme to City Planning (initial review). Present scheme to a variety of stakeholder groups (neighborhood watchdogs etc.)
11. React to City Planning and other comments. Procede into Design Development.
12. Yeah! You got a check for your work to date. What a nice client!
13. Complete D.D. and make final presentation to City.
14. Wait while client and his real estate team market the project to perspective tenants.
15. Its been a few mionths but the client has a major tenant, and wants the Construction Drawings done in 6 weeks, so that he can start building. You tell him you can get the structural and foundation drawings done in 5 weeks but the ret will have to follow. Your client is delighted.
16. Give preliminary drawings to Contractors for their fee negotiations and/or bidding purposes (yikes! they're only 40% complete!)
17. Complete Working drawings and specifications. Help the Contractor bid out the work to sub-contractors by clarifying scope.
18. Construction begins. You go to bi-weekly job site meetings. You try to help with clarifications when needed.
19. Construction takes FOREVER.
20. Tenant fit-out takes place...tenant moves in.
21. Ribbon cutting ceremonies. Mayor takes a lot of credit for his initiative.
22. Close out project by signing off on punch list and filing "substantially complete" forms. Maybe fight to get all the money owed you.
23. Photograph project and incorporate in your future marketing efforts.

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