Construction

When we take potential clients through the time programme of the architectural process, we are often asked why it takes so long. As we noted in our recent article, The iron triangle, every project we undertake has “unique conditions that demand prototypical responses, the production of which cannot be achieved quickly. Making architecture is like investing all the research... Continue Reading →

The iron triangle

What is it? A familiar project management tool, in its simplest guise represented by a triangle with scope, cost and time at each of its vertices. On design projects, the triangle is actually a triangular pyramid, with quality added at the fourth vertex. The iron pyramid's principle is that on any project it is only possible to achieve three of these four... Continue Reading →

The perils of tendering

What is it? A tender is "an offer to perform work at a given price, usually made in writing." In Australia, seeking competitive tenders from a group of builders is the most common means for procuring an architect-designed, residential building contract. The tendering process typically involves the submission of a project's architectural and engineering documentation... Continue Reading →

Follow your gut

The 22nd instalment in a series of lessons learned over the years. What do I know now that I didn’t then? What wisdom would I impart to my younger self, given the opportunity? 22. Follow your gut Artwork courtesy of Eak Design In the most basic terms, every decision you make in your professional life... Continue Reading →

Sharing is better than hoarding

Paradigm Hill, Merricks What is it? An idea as yet largely untested within the architecture profession, but well practiced in other industries. One such industry is winemaking, no better exemplified than by the Mornington Peninsula region in southern Victoria. Comprising a large number of very small wineries run by ex-city professionals who have relocated to the... Continue Reading →

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