ARB Consumer guide: Working with an ArchitectBy
THE CLIENT/ARCHITECT RELATIONSHIP IS ONLY ONE OF A NUMBER OF RELATIONSHIPS REQUIRED TO ACHIEVE A SUCCESSFUL BUILDING PROJECT.THIS BROCHURE SPECIFICALLY FOCUSES ON THE CLIENT/ARCHITECT RELATIONSHIP.
Architects are obliged to abide by the NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct.The Code details the standards expected of architects in their professional practice, and relate to general ethical standards, dealings with clients, insurance coverage, continuing professional education, alternative dispute resolution dealings with the public and professional relationships with other architects.
As the client, you are entitled to rely on the skills of your architect; but you do have an important role to play alongside the architect. Depending on your agreement, your architect has a number of obligations and services to provide.
Your architect will:
• Provide written terms of engagement or a Client/Architect Agreement before any work is done for you and give you a copy of the NSW architects Code of Professional Conduct
• Develop a design solution appropriate to your needs and budget
• Communicate with you to ensure that you understand important steps in the project and important decisions taken
• If engaged to administer the building contract, will act as your independent advisor on contractual matters