When commissioning a building design, clients have a number of options open to them. This programme explains why a client might consider employing an architect, showing what architects do, how they add value and how they help to ensure successful project delivery. It clarifies the difference between Registered and Chartered Architects, describing the professional standards expected of them, before discussing six key areas in depth, including: Architect’s Appointment; Client Duties; The Plan of Work; Project Management; Fees; and Design and Build.

On the issue of Architect’s Appointment, the various RIBA Agreements are outlined, architects’ insurance explained, and definitions of Professional Indemnity and Public Liability provided. Client Duties to the architect are also covered, including specific requirements under the Construction Design and Management Regulations. The Plan of Work – the breakdown of the stages of the project – is addressed in detail, from stage A through to L. Project Management explores how an architect is well placed to manage complex schemes, whether as Project Manager, Lead Consultant or Contract Administrator (Employer’s Agent). Fees are also discussed. Most of the programme focuses on the 'Traditional Method' of procuring a building, but it also takes a look at the Design and Build method.

About the contributors

Adrian Dobson is Director of Practice at the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Jane Duncan is Vice President of Practice at the Royal Institute of British Architects and Director of Jane Duncan Architects.

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