Our understanding of this rather complex triangular relationship is as follows:
- The Architect is responsible for helping the Client express their vision for their project.
- It is the responsibility of the Architect to specify accepted and sound construction principles to assure the structural integrity of the project.
- The Architect, working with the Client, answers all questions relating to aesthetics.
- The Architect, working with the Client, specifies the type, quality and preferably the actual brand of such items as hardware, windows, flooring, etc.
- The Builder is responsible for helping the Client bring into reality the vision they and the architect have worked so hard to bring into focus.
- Being by nature practical people, builders can and should provide the client and architect with “ground level” information that in their estimation will affect the outcome of the job at hand.
- It is the responsibility of the Builder to execute the construction of the project in a workman like manner in compliance with all accepted building practices and building codes.
- Variations from architectural specifications should be agreed upon by all three parties.