Preparation: The brief

The quality of your finished building will reflect the quality of your brief. This is the key document defining your vision of the finished building, and of how the project will be managed. For us, as your architect, it is the central reference point that will guide the direction we take and the services we provide.

How to get it right

Wherever possible, your brief should be clear and unambiguous. It should enshrine a common understanding between you and us, as your architect.

Please seek our help in formulating the brief! The process may foster a number of discussions and help to establish the dialogue between us that the project needs. Above all the document should describe:

  1. Your motivations and expectations: what do you hope to achieve by this project, in the short and long term, for you and others? A new home? An image change? A more comfortable or better-equipped working environment? An asset for the community?

  2. The functions of the finished project: Who will use it, and for what? Have you visualised how these activities will be accommodated and provided for in the new space(s)?

  3. A design direction: contrasting or in keeping with existing buildings? Contemporary or traditional? Are there certain materials, fixtures or finishes you favour? Is sustainability an issue for you?

  4. Authority for decision-making: who will sign off decisions about design, about costs and about day-to-day matters on-site?

  5. Timetables and budgets: when should key stages be completed, how much should they cost, and how will they be financed?

It is normal that you may still be uncertain about some of these issues, in which case we may be able to advise you, or carry out some preliminary research or feasibility studies that will help you firm up your requirements.

A good, thorough brief will form the basis of the professional agreement you sign with us, as your architect.

  1. Work Stages

  2. Preparation

  3. Design

  4. Pre-Construction

  5. Construction

  6. Use