The Client is typically asked to produce a brief*(see section 6.0) outlining his or her requirements (number/name/function of rooms, building size, etc) and should make available:

1. A copy of the Certificate of Title & Surveyor's Report.

2. Subdivision Plan (if applicable).

3.Topographical Survey (showing contours & any significant features) prepared by a Commissioned Land Surveyor.


1.0 Stages:

Once the proposed project has been properly defined and a Contract signed (generally the Jamaican Institute of Architects Client/Architect Agreement for Architectural Services-, Architectural Services are typically broken down into five (5) stages: 

1. Schematic Design: A basic outline of the project along with drawings and pictorials of proposal are prepared.

2. Design Development: Drawings are further developed with a view to submitting to the relevant statutory body/bodies for Building Approval.Some of the drawings included in this deliverable are: Floor Plans, Sections, Elevations, Roof Plan, Site Plan, Electrical /Plumbing Drawings etc. During this stage, contact is also made with the other potential Consultants involved in the project (Structural Engineer and Plumbing/Electrical Engineer (if required).

3. Construction Drawings: Drawings are further developed/detailed for the Contractor/Builder. They may also be utilized by a Quantity Surveyor (if required) to prepare the Bills of Quantities/Detailed Construction Costing.

4. Tendering (if required): Working along with the Client and Quantity Surveyor in the selection of the Contractors and arriving at the Construction Contract Sum.

5. Site/Contract Administration: The Construction site is visited on a regular basis and site meetings are held to monitor progress and verify adherence to the Construction Drawings. Payments to the Building Contractor are also reviewed and authorized.


2.0 Other Professionals:

In addition to the Architectural Services, the services of a Structural Engineer will be required for the design of foundations / reinforcement etc. and a Quantity Surveyor (if required) for pricing of the project. The Quantity Surveyor is especially critical when dealing with financial institutions and it is recommended that the person be brought on early in the project to establish the overall budget cost and maintain cost control.

Depending on the complexity of the project and the nature of the building site, the services of a Plumbing Engineer and Electrical Engineer may need to be engaged.


3.0 Example of drawings typically provided for Parish Council Building Approval:


·  0.0 Cover Sheet: with location plan/ map/ address/ lot number. 

·  1.0 Site Plan: showing registered boundaries/ proposed structure with dimensions from all property boundaries & centre line of road.

·  2.0 Floor Plan/s: Ground & Upper etc.

·  3.0 Roof Plan: Roof Layout with accompanying construction details.

·  4.0 Longitudinal & Cross Sections: Showing ‘cuts’ through the building highlighting the interiors& the nature of the structure.

·  5.0  North,South,East & West Elevations: Showing ‘the external facades of the building.

·  6.0 Electrical Layout: May be provided by the Architect for simple structures though the services of an Electrical Engineer are recommended.

·  7.0 Plumbing Layout: Showing sewage deposal system. May be provided by the Architect for simple structures though the services of a Plumbing Engineer are recommended.


Structural: (to be provided by the Structural Engineer).

·  Foundation Plan / Footings & Column Details / Beams / Roof Details /Stair Details.


4.0 Pre-Contract Architectural Services:

*If required, the Architect can be involved in the development of the brief. This is usually referred to as Pre-Contract services and would involve some amount of Design Consultation. Charges may be billed on a per hour basis at an agreed rate  + any reimbursable expenses such as traveling etc.. Where the consultation is limited, there may not necessarily be a charge. Charges also won’t apply, if the job proceeds within an agreed time frame and the Architect is engaged on the project.

These Pre-Design Services may include,but not be limited to the following:

1.     Site Visits/Reconnaissance where advice is given.

2.     Investigative/ General Research Work.

3.     Liaising with Statutory/ Approval Bodies (K.S.A.C./ NEPA/NWA etc).

4.     Enquiry Documents.


Note: The methods outlined above apply to TAYLOR ARCHITECTS and may vary from Professional to Professional.

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