The generally defined sequence of standard architectural services is:


|STEP 01|

Inception | Brief

Receive, appraise and report on the clients requirements with regards to:

  • Project brief

  • Site Inspection

  • Advise on rights, constraints, consents and approvals

  • Advise on the other consultants and services required

  • Assist in defining the consultant’s scope of work and services

  • Determine availability of data, drawings and plans relating to the project

  • Project programme

  • Budgetary Constraints

  • Methods of Contracting


|STEP 02|

Concept & Viability

  • Prepare concept design based on the client’s brief:

    • Clarify and confirm the project space norms to optimise functional and operational efficiency in terms of scale and relationships of area

    • Select general construction materials and intended finishes

    • Advise on technical and intended building services

  • Liaise, co-operate and provide necessary information to the client, and other consultants:

    • Agree the documentation programme

    • Co-ordinate design and cost interfaces with the other consultants

  • Check conformity of the concept with the rights to the use of the land

  • Review anticipated costs of the project

  • Review project programme.


|STEP 03|

Design Development

  • Confirm the scope & complexity. Incorporate the client’s detailed requirements into building design

  • Review the documentation programme with the other consultants

  • Review the design and consult with local and statutory authorities

  • Develop the design, construction system, materials and components: Prepare design development drawings (including draft technical details) and outline specifications

  • Liaise, co-operate and provide necessary information to the client, and other consultants & quantity surveyor

  • Incorporate and co-ordinate the other consultants’ designs into building design

  • Review the design, costing and programme with the other consultants


|STEP 04|

Documentation & Procurement

A| Prepare and submit drawings to local authority for approval:

  • Prepare specifications for the works and agree preambles with the quantity surveyor when applicable

  • Co-ordinate services and prepare necessary services co-ordination drawings

  • Review cost estimate with the quantity surveyor

  • Obtain the client’s authority and submit documents

B| Complete construction documentation and proceed to call for tenders:

  • Obtain the client’s authority to prepare documents to procure offers for the execution of the works

  • Obtain offers for the execution of the works

  • Evaluate offers and recommend on the award of the building contract

  • Prepare the contract documentation (and arrange the signing of the building contract).


|STEP 05|


  • Hand over the site to the contractor

  • Issue construction documentation

  • Initiate and/or check sub-contract design and documentation as appropriate

  • Inspect the works for conformity to the contract documentation

  • Administer and perform the duties and obligations assigned to the principal agent

  • Receive, comment and approve interim payment valuations

  • Witness and review all tests and mock-ups carried out both on and off site

  • Check and approve subcontract shop drawings for design intent

  • Update and issue the drawings register

  • Issue contract instructions

  • Review and comment on operations and maintenance manuals, guarantees, certificates and warranties

  • Inspect the works and issue practical completion and defects lists

  • Assist in obtaining statutory certificates. 


|STEP 06|


  • Inspect and verify rectification of defects

  • Receive, comment and approve relevant payment valuations and completion certificates

  • Prepare and/or procure operations and maintenance manuals, guarantees and warranties

  • Prepare and/or procure as-built drawings and documentation

  • Issue the works completion certificate.