Pre-Design Phase

A Client’s Responsibilities

Site Acquisition

  • With the assistance of legal counsel, a project site must be purchased and secured
  • A Geotechnical Engineer should be engaged to study soil conditions and determine if any environmental issues exist and if an environmental assessment is required
  • Legal and topographical surveys of the site must be completed and all buildings currently on site (if applicable) must be recorded

Assembling the Project Team

For larger projects, a Project Manager or Client’s Representative should be identified from among the team. This person will be tasked with hiring and signing Contracts with the Architect and their project team.

Before the Architect can begin what is referenced as “Basic Services” the project requirements have to be agreed upon, a site identified and its characteristics defined. The Client is responsible for all information regarding the land on which the building is to be situated and constructed.

Shared responsibilities of the Architect and Client

Project Definition

  • The Client is responsible for preparing an outline, or functional program,that determines the detailed space requirements for each room/space (furniture, equipment, security requirements, etc.). The Architect can prepare this on behalf of the Client as an additional service.
  • The Architect can conduct an initial feasibility study. This indicates if the building project can be built and under which constraints (estimating an approximate cost and identifying potential challenges).
  • The Architect can assist the Client in obtaining legal and topographical surveys.