The architect usually begins to work when the site and the type and cost of a building have been determined.
The site involves the varying behavior of the natural environment that must be adjusted to the unvarying physical needs of human beings; the type is the generalized form established by the society that must be adjusted to the special use for which the building is required; the cost implies the economics of land, labor, and materials that must be adjusted to suit a particular sum.
Thus, planning is the process of particularizing and, ultimately, of harmonizing the demands of environment, use, and economy. This process has a cultural as well as a utilitarian value, for in creating a plan for any social activity the architect inevitably influences how that activity is performed.
What Services Does an Architect Provide?
• Project Inception :
The planning of your project starts here. Working together with Schema seven, you will share your project needs, dreams, and goals.
• Schematic Design :
During this stage, Schema seven will begin by preparing preliminary design sketches based on your requirements and budget to explore and illustrate possible options. We will review these options with you, pointing out the merits and responding to your input.
• Design Development
This stage refines the agreed-upon schematic design for a clearer definition of the scope and quality of the finished project. Further cost projections will determine how closely the design conforms to the budget expectations, or what, if any, adjustments are required.
• Construction Documents
When the design concepts have been decided, Schema seven prepares working drawings and specifications. These are required to obtain building permits and bids, and to guide the contractor in construction.
• Construction and Contract Administration
Schema seven will consult with you and advise you during construction. On-site visits will determine if construction is proceeding in general accordance with the contract and that the design, materials, and workmanship meet with acceptable standards.