What is the role of an architect after planning?

By Christophe

Yes, architects design buildings. But the role of an architect can go far beyond the initial sketches and line drawings. An architect can work with you throughout your project, through design and the actual build to completion.

We get a lot of questions about what an architect does once a planning application has been approved. The largest chunk of work actually comes after this point, because it’s when what has been designed starts to become reality. Here is a basic outline, but do get in touch if you’d like to know more.

Detailed design

As TAS is a RIBA Chartered Practice, we follow the RIBA Plan of Work. Once a project gains planning permission the detailed design can begin. This includes bringing in a structural engineer to survey the property and create structural plans for the building.

When the detailed design has been created, an architect can compile a thorough package of information to send out to tender. Potential contractors will be able to price up the job and submit an offer to take the project on. Once you have chosen a contractor, an architect can liaise with them as the project moves forward.

On site

Once construction has begun an architect will manage the quality of what is built and ensure the contract is being adhered to. While not doubling up with the contractor as manager, an architect will make sure nothing falls through the gaps in terms of design specifics and answer all design questions.

What an architect won’t do is ensure the plasterer is there on time or that the bricks have been delivered. That is firmly the job of the main contractor. Instead, the role of the architect is to ensure that those bricks are laid according to the detailed design, achieving the right quality for the finished building.

Tags: Architectural process, Profession

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