Re: architects and developers
From: James Kacki (
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 10:00:18 -0700 (MST)

Diane Simpson wrote:

I'd hire a good lawyer first.
James Kacki responds:
A lawyer sounds like a good idea. (but keep the lawyers time down to a minimum).

I also wonder if you really need a developer. As an architect, most projects I do are done directly with the client. We work out the plans together. The architect does the working drawings (detailed drawings with all the details required for construction) and specifications. The client (you) follows the process and must agree to all details as the drawings are produced. Then we put the working drawings and specifications (called the contract documents at this point) out for tender and contractors submit bids. The architect analyses the bids and submits his analysis and recommended contractor to the client. If you agree, you then sign a contract with the contractor. The architect reviews construction as it proceeds to ensure that the project is built exactly as per the approved drawings. This process assures the best price and is standard in the industry. There are other wrinkles but this is the basic idea and its very simple, assures that the client (you) has a say in the project at all stages. Sometimes the client will hire a project manager who then hires the architect, but this is a more involved process and is usually only warranted for very large and complex projects (say over ten million dollars.) I hope this helps. I'd be interested to hear from others who used a developer, as to why they used a developer, what the developer did, and if it was worthwhile.

James Kacki
James Kacki-Architect & Planner Inc.

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