The Architects Checklist

Checklists won't reduce creativity but give more time to be creative.
The Architects Checklist

Architects checklist is a simple and effective way to ensure essential steps don't get missed and things get done right every time. The step by step guide of what to do and how to do it, think of it as a reference guide that enables you to complete processes quicker, efficiently and reduce human error.

Checklists might sound like an odd tool to use in such a creative world. Don't checklist restrict creativity?

Yes and no is the simple answer. Many aspects of architecture are routine processes that must to be completed. Issuing sets of drawings, floor plans and structure requires attention to detail.

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It’s so easy to miss small important things because there’s is so much information to the process.

Architects checklist allows more time for creativity and less time focusing on routine processes. Checklists will ensure no step is missed and completed perfectly every time.

Architects checklist won't reduce creativity but give more time to be creative.

The Architects Checklist

Preparation and Brief

Review project requirements, budget and timetable.

Advise the client on statutory and other legal obligations.

  • Planning and building permissions
  • Local legislation
  • Fees payable to authority
  • Health and Safety legislation
  • Party Wall Act 1996
  • Environmental Protection ActEstablish procedures that will be followed for the client to sign offbriefs, designs, at set stages.

Review the client’s budget and check it against the brief.

Reconcile brief and budget and then seek clarification on the client’s priorities.

Develop the Initial Project Brief

Spatial Requirements – The rooms and/or spaces that will achieve the Client Requirements.

Desired Project Outcomes

Project Risks and other parameters or constraints

Site Appraisals

Undertake a site appraisal and collate full information, including building surveys.

Checklists for Architects

A number of architecture institutes over the World have created architects checklists for people to use and help members.

Every architectural process can benefit from a checklist. It breaks down complicated processes into smaller individual components. Removes the variable element out of the process. The checklist allows others to perform tasks just the way you want them done.

RIBA - Royal Institute of British Architects

RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) have a number of checklists and forms online that might help you get started. RIBA Checklist cover:

  • Architect Preparation and Brief checklist
  • Architect Concept Design checklist
  • Architect Spatial Coordination checklist
  • Architect Technical Design checklist
  • Architect  Construction checklist
  • Architect  Handover checklist
  • Architect Procurement checklist

Creating an architect checklist is fairly simple to do and there is checklist software that can help in the creation. These online checklist tools let you develop and then share checklists with colleagues and customers.

RAIC / IRAC -Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

RAIC / IRAC (Royal Architectural Institute of Canada) have a number of checklists available for architects to use. Management of the Architectural Project Checklists are broken into a number of sections

  • Pre-agreement Phase Checklist
  • Schematic Design Phase Checklist
  • Design Development Phase Checklist
  • Construction Documents Phase Checklist
  • Bidding and Negotiation Phase Checklist
  • Contract Administration Phase Checklist
  • Post-construction Services Checklist

We hope this has helped you see how the Architects Checklist can benefit your business and not restrict creativity.