An architect provides services related to the design and construction of buildings and the spaces around them, where the safeguarding of life, health, property, and public welfare is concerned. These design and construction services typically include the following:
- Preliminary studies
- Construction documents and management
- Administration of construction contracts
The Architect can prepare a preliminary evaluation of the Owner’s program, schedule, budget for the Cost of the Work, Project site, the proposed procurement and delivery method, and other Initial Information, each in terms of the other, to ascertain the requirements for the design of the Project. Architects design all types of buildings – the actual structure, the interiors, and the land around them. The Architect’s basic services also include usual and customary structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering services.
The Architect will also make sure that the design shall conform to the energy requirements of the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State or Residential Code of New York State as they relate to new construction. The Architect shall consider sustainable design alternatives, such as material choices and building orientation, together with other considerations based on program and aesthetics, in developing a design that is consistent with the Owner’s program, schedule and budget for the Cost of the Work.