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Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
3:08 pm
Dynamic Architecture

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, June 26th, 2007
4:17 pm
Education Costs
Hello all,

New here - checking out several communities re: architecture as I'm considering a future (second) career as an architect. Can anyone give me some ballpark info on the cost of education for both a BA(Arch) & M(Arch) degrees?

I know it will vary, but any info would be helpful.

Thank you :).

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, October 29th, 2006
4:19 pm
This Paul Pagk looks a bit like a blueprint!

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Monday, July 4th, 2005
10:29 pm
Architects, Lawyers & Contracts
Yeah, yeah, yeah boring stuff, but it is what is inside my head right now. So, today I spent two and half hours reviewing the architectural contract that could be worth up to 1.9 million. Hopefully less depending on the final estimate for construction. I prefer strictly fixed fee contracts but this contract had started negotiations before I became involved. I am stuck with a percentage of the cost of construction because I was finishing up another project (School of Architecture - University of Waterloo).

I will describe percentage fees in this post. There are other standards that I prefer but for this project architectural fees are based a percentage of construction.

Architectural fees are not standardized. Each project requires an examination of the complexity of the work proposed. However, most architects will indicate standard fees of 8%-12% of the construction project cost. We typically listen to the talk of standard fees and standard contracts, smile sweetly, then negotiate a fee and contract that is appropriate.

The complexity of the project, the approach and expectation of a level of service determine the fees. The four levels of service are economy, basic, average and high. An economy level of service can be ask low as 3.5% while a high level of service can be as high as 16%.

In Ontario, the "Standard Architectural Contract" significantly favours the architect. Do not automatically accept a “Standard Architectural Contract”. That so-called standard has the developer assume all the risks and liabilities at a high cost. SCREW THE STANDARD and negotiate a fair contract for both parties.

Once I get this out of my head, perhaps I may try to write something of more interest.
Wednesday, October 20th, 2004
8:31 pm
Chicago: Land Of Architecture
Some pictures of my trip from Chicago this summer. Very large, many of them, and they were taken with a 35 mm point and shoot... haha but some of them came out quite well and I was surprised. In case my bandwith messes up or I just don't know what I'm doing the pictures are viewable here: http://photobucket.com/albums/v164/drewhilfiger/Chicago%202004/ In other albums I have some other pictures from my vacations.

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