The primary training of an architect is in the design of buildings in terms of function, form and regulatory compliance
A good brief is the first step to delivering a successful project. Often clients require help from an expert in formulating the brief for their project and the architect is normally best-placed to assist.
Advising if your project requires planning permission and producing the relevant information for making an application to the local authority.
Your architect may act as PSDP or an alternative person may be appointed to the role.
Dealing on your behalf with the building contractor and administrating the project to ensure that it is delivered in accordance with the design and planning permission.
Your project may require the input of specialist consultants such as a Structural Engineer or Quantity Surveyor, and your architect will coordinate their involvement.
Measure existing buildings for the purpose of making drawings to assist in design proposals for alterations or additions.
Inspect and establish the condition of a property and prepare a report.
You may engage your architect to provide an interior design service, advising on loose furniture, artworks and finishes.
Your architect can advise you how to optimising orientation, microclimate, building fabric, lifecycle costing, energy and water consumption and ensure compliance with Building Regulations. Additionally, if you require options for future proofing your building against future costs, or creating a zero carbon building the implications can be established by a specific studies at an early stage.
The architect normally is best positioned to act as the project-manager coordinating the other inputs to deliver a project successfully.