Is it important to use a ‘registered architect’?
The use of the title ‘architect’ is protected by law. Only people or firms registered with the Architects Registration Board may use the title. If you choose a registered architect, you know that person has attained the necessary qualifications, completed the practical experience and has passed the Board’s examination before registration. Architects are subject to the Professional Conduct Regulations governing their service to clients. The Board is charged with upholding these standards on behalf of the public.
What level of fees can I expect to pay for the services of an architect?
Architects’ fees are subject to open market competition. There is no central fee control system. Fees may be based on a percentage of the cost of the works or as a lump sum. Don’t hesitate to ask for clarification of fees and look for this information in the Terms of Engagement or Client/Architect Agreement that must be provided before your architect undertakes any work for you.
Do I have to use the full range of services or can I request services up to a particular stage?
Be sure to discuss this with your architect at the beginning of your project and clarify together what you need. Check the stages of service listed in this pamphlet and the cost associated with them.
Does the architect retain copyright on drawings, plans and documentation?
Yes. Your architect retains copyright on this work. The drawings and documents may be used only for the purpose and on the site for which they are produced.
When am I expected to pay for work done?
You will be expected to pay for work produced at the stages defined in your client/architect agreement. It is therefore important to clearly understand the terms of your agreement to avoid confusion later.
Can I ask the architect to supervise the work of the builder and other contractors?
It is important to clarify the difference between supervision and contract administration. Your architect will check that the builder is completing the project according to the contract. The builder will supervise the on-going works. Your architect will periodically inspect the works, check the quality and deal with the builder regarding any defects and their rectification.