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The most common question we are asked when meeting with new clients who haven’t worked with an architect before—aside from, “How much will it cost?”—is always about how the process works. What are the stages of architectural design, and what happens at each phase? At SKA, we work in six distinct phases that are highlighted below.

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1. PREDESIGN (5-10% of fee)

We conduct extensive building and site analysis and plan the process collaboratively with our clients. This phase includes budget, schedule, and process planning; site surveys; existing facilities surveys; and code analysis.

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2. SCHEMATIC DESIGN (15-25% of fee)

We work with our clients to determine the design direction and move from sketches and models to developing the site plan, floor plans, key elevations and sections, 3D renderings, and a construction cost estimate.

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3. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT (15-25% of fee)

We refine and further develop the design: finalizing the size of rooms and spaces, polishing the look by selecting exterior and interior materials, and determining key systems.

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4. CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS (25-35% of fee)

We prepare the technical written and graphic documents, including all construction requirements, and we obtain all government approvals.

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5. CONSTRUCTION PROCUREMENT (2-10% of fee)

We assist each of our clients with the selection of a contractor, offering advice during the bidding process, assisting in all negotiations, and guiding each owner to a fully executed contract with a builder who is the right fit for their particular project.

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6. CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION (10-20% of fee)

We oversee the construction of the project for general conformance to our plans, assist the owner with contractor payments, and handle requests for changes during construction. 

 

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