The process we take our clients on is tailored to reduce their brief to its basic parts removing any preconceptions surrounding objectives, and our industry in general. All possible potentials may then be considered and the best solution pursued.
We identify the typology of our projects dependent on their complexity. This informs the extent of our services and the process required to achieve the most appropriate outcome for all.
Forming a relationship around clear concise communication provides the foundation for success. Respecting process ensures the required outcomes both in time and quality.
This all translates into, and is reflected in, the ultimate built outcome.
Pre Design Services
Ensure the project parameters and influences are researched and defined, with relation to the project brief and budget, property records, and site information. This research informs the concept stage.
This creative process generates an intent from the research completed in stage 1. This intent is the unifying project idea that becomes a point of reference throughout the entirety of the following stages.
Documentation is developed to explore and illustrate functionality, structure, and experience with reference to the project brief, concept, and environment. Formal drawings complete this process along with the review of the project budget and programme.
Further exploration of the design considers materials and finishes for final approval. Potential consultants are engaged and integrated into the process. If required the drawings are formatted into a set of Resource Consent documents for lodgment with the local territorial authority.
Detailed Design & Documentation
Specific technical details are integrated into a comprehensive set of compliant documents for lodgment of Building Consent with the local territorial authority.
Construction Documentation & Procurement
Production of additional construction drawings and Contract documents are compiled ensuring an efficacious process for the selected procurement method to nominate a Contractor.
Administration of Contract Works
On behalf of the client the Architect administers works carried out on site under the signed Contract. Site meetings and inspections are documented; variations to the contract and progress payment claims are reviewed and certified for final approval alongside of other responsibilities.
Observation of Contract Works
The Architect is engaged to observe works on site, carrying out regular site meeting and inspections to ensure the documented intentions are followed through into the built detail.
The preceding points broadly summarise each stage. Beyond this the Architect manages and coordinates other design team members throughout the process working with the client to deliver the best possible design soltuions.
matter provides many additional services which our clients may require during the process. These are further defined during each project.
matter is a practice member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. As such matter uses the standard NZIA Agreement of Architects Services Contract with our clients. These summarised stages generally refer to the stages within this standard agreement.
Please refer to the NZIA website www.nzia.co.nz for more information on working with Architects.
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