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  • Discuss scope of service, charges and content of client-architect agreement.

  • Work with the client to establish the brief for the project, to include discussion of client’s  wishes as to accommodation, quality, cost and time.

  • Agree communication methods, and person authorised to give client instructions to the architect.

  • Agree approximate project timescale.

  • Examine the site and make an initial appraisal of its architectural possibilities.

  • Prepare outline design proposal to respond to client’s requirements for the project.

  • Present the proposal to the client and discuss its implications.

  • Provide initial advice on project cost.

  • Advise on the need for specialist consultants.

  • Advise on planning, building and safety and health regulations insofar as these bear on the project.

  • Agree project estimated cost, scope of service and architect’s charges in writing.

                               WORK STAGE 2 :  DESIGN / PLANNING STAGE                                                                       


  • Further consider the brief and the site and based on the outline proposal and

further discussions with the client, develop the design for the project.

  • Prepare further sketch drawings to illustrate the developed design.

  • Incorporate statutory requirements of planning, building and safety and health regulations as appropriate to this stage of the project.

  • Incorporate into the project the work of any specialist consultants.

  • Present the developed proposal to the client and discuss its implications.

  • Provide further advice on project cost and timescale in writing.

  • If planning permission is required for the project, make the application.



  • Develop the detail design for the project, including construction details, site works, finishes and  fittings as appropriate at this stage of the project.

  • Prepare project technical and quality specifications.

  • Further incorporate the detail work of any consultants.

  • Further incorporate statutory requirements and any changes as required under a

Grant of Planning Permission as appropriate to this stage of the project.

  • Prepare Forms of Tender for main and any specialist subcontracts.

  • Advise client on provisions of standard RIAI Forms of Building Contract.

  • Advise client on insurance during construction.

  • Prepare lists of contractors for tendering or negotiating purposes.

  • Circulate material to tenderers, invite competitive tenders.




  • Report on tenders received and advise client on how to proceed.

  • Arrange building contract between client and building contractor.

  • Visit the site as appropriate to inspect generally the progress and quality of the work and see that the contractor is fulfilling his obligations to the client.

  • Modify the design in response to site conditions, if required.

  • When construction work accords with the contract documents, issue the client

with certificates of payment due to the contractor .

  • Value the final account for the works.

  • Inspect the work at the end of the building contract defects liability period.

  • List any defects then requiring remedial work by contractor and inspect contractor’s making good of defects.


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