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THE PROCESS

Kruger Theron Architects’ architectural process is designed to keep the team close to their projects so that they can offer guidance throughout the entire process. The studio's of professionals aims to ensure that the whole process, from concept to completion, runs smoothly.

Phase 1:

BRIEFING

The first step is to meet the client in order to understand the project’s needs, requirements, and budget.

 

The scope of the project is determined, comprising of details such as the size of the construction, relevant role players, and the process to be followed.

Phase 2:

CONCEPT DESIGN

Next, the project is to be defined. The architect does research to determine the appraisal and definition of the project.

A site analysis is created by investigating the existing site. The architect looks at the site’s climatic, geographical, historical, legal, natural and infrastructural context.

 

All the collected information are put together in a DESIGN RESPONSE, consisting of a concept plan, site layout, building design and sunlight access diagrams.

Phase 3:

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

During the design phase, the architect takes the requirements and limitations of the first two phases and produces a design. This design is sketched by hand and then transformed into a detailed 3D model.

Depending on the options that the client would like to consider, several designs can be produced.

The design(s) are then presented to the client for approval.

Phase 4:

WORKING DRAWINGS

Having settled on a final design, working drawings or “blueprints” are created in consultation with relevant engineers.

 

Blueprints are the drawings, notes and technical specifications necessary for applying for permits from local authorities, submission to tenders, and the actual construction.

Phase 5:

TENDER PROCESS

During the tender process, four to five contractors are invited to submit tenders for the project. Tender drawings are submitted to these contractors so that they can prepare their tenders.

The architect helps the client to review submitted tenders and compare the quotations before the tender is awarded.

Phase 6:

CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION

The architect acts as the principal agent, representing the client during the construction process. He consults the relevant engineers and quantity surveyors to ensure that the construction reaches its full potential.

 

The architect visits the site once every two weeks during construction to take site minutes (focussing on the program and the budget), and he addresses any field conditions as they arise.

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