Message - Re: Who is responsible for the materials selection???

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Posted by  Arthur on November 24, 2003 at 12:34:49:

In Reply to:  Re: Who is responsible for the materials selection??? posted by Fatima on November 24, 2003 at 11:51:07:

1. The client will have general ideas about what materials they want to use in their building-- brick exterior for example. But they are hundreds of types, styles, forms, finishes, sizes, patterns, and colors of brick. So the architect will formulate a design concept using "brick" and will then suggest specific types that could be used. In talking this all out, the architect and client come to an agreement on which brick will be used. This same process involves a goodly number of materials for the project.
2.Residences in the USA are not highly regulated,and for the most part in most jurisdictions there is no requirement that an architect or engineer be involved for design or construction. Some localities require building permits, but any one can produce the design and drawings, so long as they comply with the code's requrements.
3. The developer is much the same as the client in No. 1 above. They have total freedom to select what style and appearance they desire for their project-- and what products should be used.
The real issue in all of this is that a modest sized project requires the architect to "know about" [have working knowledge of] approximaletly 500,000 construction items and devices-- and some 5,000 new products come on the market each year. Virtually no clients, developers or even architects know about all of these. The architect will come much much closer and know far more about them than the other folks.

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