According to document "Working with an Architect" provided by the Order of Architects:
Phase 1 - Preliminary Program Definition / Fees Submission
The phase in which the Client and the Architect discuss what will be designed, for example, how many bedrooms, living rooms and other programmatic requirements, as well as budgetary constraints.
The current legal constraints and plans, such as the PDM (Municipal Master Plan), are analyzed. It is also at this stage that the elaboration deadlines are discussed.
of the project, constitution of the project team and other constraints of the same. In parallel, the Architect submits an Honorary Proposal and a written Contract is signed.
The Client must deliver, at this stage, the complete Topographic and / or Geological Survey, as well as, if applicable, the existing Architectural Survey.
Phase 2 - Preliminary Study
It is at this stage that the Architect develops the preliminary concept of the Project, as agreed in the previous phase. Usually, it consists of presenting drawings at different scales. Some Architects also present models of study and / or three-dimensional simulations of the proposal, in order to facilitate the understanding of the same by the Client. It is at this stage that the development of the Specialty Projects begins, under the direct coordination of the Architect.
Phase 3 - Base Project / License Application
The phase where the Architect develops the Project in accordance with the previous phase, preparing the approval process by the respective City Council, as well as by the other entities involved in the Licensing of the same, before which the Architect is the technical responsible of the project. Architecture project. At the same time as or after the Architecture Project Licensing, the remaining Specialty Projects required for approval will be delivered.
Phase 4 - Execution Project / Measurements and Budget
Following the approval by the City Council and other entities of the various Projects (Architecture and Specialties), the Architect prepares the Execution Project, presented in the form of written and drawn pieces, easily interpreted by the various actors in the materialization and specifying all the works necessary for the execution of the work (for example, construction processes, materials, carpentry, etc.). At the same time, the Measurement and Budgeting process begins, where all the quantities of materials to be used, types of work and way of execution are discriminated, so that the value of the work can be gauged. It is from these two documents - Execution Project and Measurements and Budget - that the Specifications are prepared, a written document that specifies the general and special technical conditions of construction and binds the Contractor.
other conditions of the work.
Phase 5 - Contractor Selection
It is at this stage that the Client selects the contractor. The Architect will be able to collaborate with the Client at this stage, assisting him in the analysis of the technical capacity of the various candidates, as well as in the analysis of the price and deadline for the completion of the work. It should be taken into account that
Price is not always a determining factor in the award, but the combination of a wide range of factors.
It is also at this stage that the technician who will be responsible to the City Council, by the Technical Directorate of Work, is chosen. This is always appointed by the developer (Client) and may be a technician belonging to the technical staff of the construction company, or any other person the developer may choose to, including the author of the project.
Phase 6 - Technical Assistance to Execution of the Work
This is the phase of materialization of all the work done so far. Certification that your Project is fulfilled is an obligation and a duty of the Architect. At this stage, the role of the architect may include clarifying doubts of interpretation, providing additional information to the project he has prepared, assisting the developer in checking the quality of materials and the execution of the work, which does not mean that it be obliged to accompany the work. Such a situation should be the subject of contract between the parties, but certainty that it is always advantageous for the Client to contract it. The Architect, as author of the Project, cannot supervise his work.