As an update to my building woes - i now have pricing back from my builder...and to build what hey have designed is 120K more than my top budget which the architect used to price the job. The scopes the same. What do i do now ? I can;t afford that, as far as I am concerned the design is too expensive for the budget, but they knoew the budget at the start. Bizarre. Oh well, anyone want to buy a house with a set of totally unrealistic extension plans ?
Being a recently qualified architect myself, i believe i can speak from a point of some experience. all be it admittedly slightly limited. as far as fee's go, it really depends on what the contract and agreement between client and architect and how much they are expected to do. as a rough guide it probably should be somewhere between 3 and 5% of build cost. keep in mind that this fee is not just the salary and cost of what ever architects work on the project but also has to cover overheads and provide the architect firm with a profit. salary and fee wise, compared to other professions that study for similar lengths such as lawyer or doctors, architects on average earn and charge a lot less. We study a BA for 3 years, then a year working in an architects, then a 2 year Diploma that we can then do a 1 year masters, followed by at least 1 more year working as an assistant architect, then our part 3 exams and interviews with external examiners!
Education wise, i do agree that an architects education is too biased to the artistic aspects than technical, thou the technical aspects are included in the course and are vital to the final portfolio. people should also remember that an architect has to have good knowledge of all aspects of a construction project and be involved from planning regs and applications, to structural details, to specifying insulation or door handles, not too mention that they are held responsible and liable for a huge amount of the process and result long after the end of construction.
Thou is it obviously true that there are bad architects out there, as with any profession, the good ones should have open communication with the client and act in the clients best interests. And as for the gripe about toilet specification? we have to adhere to building regs, planning laws and client requests that specify the toilet numbers to us, over which we have little choice.
I know this is a bit of a rant and sorry for that, but felt i needed to at least shed some light, all be it, biased, on the subject. Also please dont think that i think planners, engineers, QS's, builders etc are not important because obviously their specialised knowledge is vital to a successful project.
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