We want to help you succeed with your architecture project. As part of that mission, we’ve outlined some essential information and tips to frequently asked questions. If you have a question not listed here, contact us for advice.
When Do You Need An Architect
Define Your Project's Goals and Needs
Working with an Architect
Learn more about the architectural process. View Services.
Landmark is familiar with many cost-consulting firms. They enable us to keep a project on track and consistently on budget. If you would like a referral to quantity surveyor, we can help you select one that is right for your project. Contact us.
To find a list of firms and professionals engaged in quantity surveying and construction estimating in BC, visit the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors’ British Columbia chapter (CIQS-BC) and view their consultant listing.
How Are Architectural Fees Determined
- Large versus Small Buildings
- Repetitive Buildings versus unique buildings
- Complex versus Simple Buildings
- Renovation to Existing Buildings versus New Construction
- Multiple Renovation Components
- Vertical Additions
- Multiple versus Single Construction Contracts
- Cost Plus or Unit Price versus Stipulated Sum Contracts
- Management versus Single Construction Contracts
- Fast Track (Sequential Tendering)
- Partial or Additional Services
You can find out more about how services for different types of projects are assessed through the Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s publication “Tariff of Fees for Architectural Services” (PDF).
Start-Up Information: Surveys
A legal survey includes the property’s legal description and any information about zoning, right of ways through the property or any liens on it. A property’s zoning often dictates how high the building can be and what setbacks from property lines are required for new construction. In many municipalities a legal survey is a pre-requisite for obtaining a development permit or a building permit. Visit the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors (ABCLS) for more information.
Topographical surveys include information about the site’s topography, such as the location of slopes, elevations, contours, rocky outcrops, and vegetation. This survey also provides other information, such as where services enter the site. Visit the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors (ABCLS) for more information.
A geotechnical analysis shows subsurface conditions and materials. This analysis is critical in determining design requirements for excavation and structural foundations, particularly when managing ground water if necessary. In many municipalities a geotechnical analysis is a pre-requisite to permitting.
To hire a geotechnical engineer, view a directory of licensed geotechnical consultants on the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC website.
If your project has specific challenges such as hazardous material assessments or specific acoustic, health, or planning requirements, Landmark can help you find the professionals you need to get your job done. Some of the specialty consultants that we typically work with include:
- Acoustic Consultants
- Building Envelope Consultants
- Building Code Consultants
- Civil Engineers* (APEG BC)
- Environmental Consultants/Hazardous Materials Assessments
- Fire Protection Engineers
- Interior Designers* (IDI BC)
- Landscape Architects* (BCLSA)
- Lighting Consultants
- Roofing Consultants
- Signage Consultants
- Traffic Consultants
Landmark Architecture has prepared a Survey Checklist to help you obtain all the survey information you need for your particular project. Contact us for a complementary copy of our Survey Checklist.
Construction & Design Guidelines
Preparing Your Construction Contract
Landmark can also help you select the contract that is appropriate for your project. Contact Us.
Finding a Contractor
We can also help you pre-qualify bidders for your construction contract.
To find contractors in your area, visit your local construction association. In British Columbia, these include: