The Client and Architect figure out if they are a good fit for one another.
The Architect collects details about the site and any existing buildings and discusses goals, wants, and needs with the Client. A topographical survey might also be secured.
Architect creates preliminary design options incorporating gathered site information and Client’s program.
Architect further refines selected design to include decisions made on materials, spaces, equipment, and finishes. Consultant engineers are brought in at this time.
Architect and Engineers develop set of drawings for local building permits. Additional details might be drawn and specified for construction and pricing.
Architect helps Client interview General Contractors for a good fit.
Architect is retained to answer questions, deal with clarifications, and administer revisions if necessary. The Architect protects the interests of the Client and the integrity of the design.