Design is a collaborative process with the client. The practice principal is involved in every job and especially at the briefing and concept plan stages. We work in small teams to provide continuity.
The first stage involves taking your brief and collating the site information from various sources. From that, we develop concept plan option(s). These are refined into a preferred scheme with your feedback. We progress to detailed design stage when it suits the client. This includes developing technical documentation in consultation with the client and co-ordination with other consultants such as structural and geotechnical engineers. These detailed drawings and specifications are prepared to enable builders to price the project and obtain local authority building and resource consents.
The concept options phase establishes client priorities which are further elicited in the detailed design phase, whether technical or design based.
After the first rough butter paper sketches, work is drawn electronically. We create a three dimensional digital model of the site + building, which can also be used for sun studies or a virtual walk-through. For Specification work and contract administration we use software customised to the project. Our work with institutions, community groups and government bodies involves building sound working relationships and consulting effectively with groups, just as with the differing views of household members.
We usually meet with you at your building property and listen to your initial brief which helps us reckon on a very broad order of magnitude of potential cost. We strongly recommend an independent estimate of construction cost by a quantity surveyor at concept design stage, which often informs the route the project takes.
We charge for our work in stages. We agree a value of our fees with the client at each stage, depending on the quantum of work required. For the earlier stages it is often on a time charge, (generally within the NZIA guidelines) and then often lump sum fees for the next pieces of work (e.g. construction/contract/consent documentation). Overall, our fees are tailored to the scope for the work that the client requires and recognises her/his/their input. Our database assists with tracking time and cost.
The construction contract and price may be procured by tender or by negotiation. We use the NZIA suite of contract documents.
We are generally involved in contract administration and construction observation, answering queries from issues that inevitably arise on site, and coordinating any needed changes.
The treatment of changes depends upon the stage of the process. In construction, a change is a contract variation. We manage construction risk by use of contingencies, provisional and prime cost sums.
We work these through with each client. Redevelopment and renovation work requires respect for existing structures as well as regards for contemporary functionality. There is rarely a client who is indifferent to budget!
We observe the requirements of the Architects Act, the Code of Practice and Professional Conduct. Deborah is a registered architect and a former Deputy Chair of the Registered Architects’ Board. www.nzrab.org.nz. We are an NZ Institute of Architects Practice with support from it in the form of NZIA Practice Notes, and the NZIA guidelines for architect’s charges. Cranko Architects networks with local Wellington practice groups to share and test ideas with our peers. We hold Professional Indemnity Insurance Cover under the New Zealand Architects Co-operative Society Scheme |www.nzacs.co.nz |