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What an Architect does



What an architect does;

An architect is more than a designer. An architect can manage the entire design and construction process. A minimum of five years’ university training, mandatory practical experience and a registration exam separates architects from other less-qualified building designers.

An architect will help you set a viable and realistic budget, guide you through the town planning process, obtain competitive quotes for the work, manage consultants such as surveyors and engineers, monitor the budget and administer the construction contract. Critically, your architect will inspect the work right through the construction period to assist you to get the quality and level of finishes you expect.

Architect-designed buildings are better investments. Start by consulting a registered architect. Architect-designed buildings are highly sought-after in a market that is prepared to pay for the benefits and enjoyment of good design. Architects don't merely design, they create environments, inside and out. Architects produce inspired solutions to often complex residential and commercial needs. Creative thinking, attention to detail and functional performance underpin everything an architect does.

An architect knows how to plan for best environmental performance; can advise about placing the building on your site to optimise views and aspect, to catch the sun, provide shade, promote natural cross-flow ventilation, and reduce and conserve energy. Architect-designed buildings are more energy efficient, cheaper to operate and easier to maintain and adapt.

An architect's role and obligations As the client, you are entitled to rely on the skills of your architect; but you also have an important role to play alongside the architect. Depending on your agreement, your architect has a number of obligations and services to provide. Architects are obliged to abide by the NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct. The Code details the standards expected of architects in their professional practice, and relate to general ethical standards, dealings with clients, insurance coverage, continuing professional education, alternative dispute resolution dealings with the public and professional relationships with other architects.

Your architect will:
Provide written terms of engagement or a client/architect agreement before any work is done for you and give you a copy of the NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct
Develop a design solution with you, appropriate to your needs and budget.
Communicate with you to ensure that you understand important steps in the project and important decisions taken, like with your local Council.
Work with you to develop a detailed project specification that records your material selections, finishes and fittings to ensure these items are priced in to the project by the builder.
If engaged to administer the building contract, will act as your independent advisor on contractual matters like variations, progress payments and when the project reaches practical completion.

How we design your project

We will generally follow a simple 6-Step process to design your architectural project.
Step 1: Schematic Concept Sketch Design

After detailed research on the site, we will make hand concept sketches and refine them until you get the design you want. Once we receive your instructions, we start on your free hand schematic sketches. These sketches are a starting point only and with your input we alter and refine your sketches until you get the exact design you want so you can avoid costly changes later.

Step 2: Detailed Design Development
We input your design into the latest 2D & 3D computer technology and you see your design come to life.
Using the latest sophisticated 3 dimensional ArchiCAD computer generated technology, we input your free hand schematic sketches into our software and you start to see your design come to life in more detail before you spend any money on construction.

Step 3: DA Documentation & Council/Certifier Submission

We prepare all the necessary documentation for council or certifier and lodge your development application or complying development and co-ordinate all required consultants.
ISC Design will prepare all the plans, elevations and specifications that are required for the development application with your local council or certifier.
We produce shadow diagrams, including neighbouring properties in your drawings as required and we will liaise and meet with council to discuss your project whenever it is necessary. With 2 decades of experience we have built great long-term relationships with many Councils across Sydney and throughout Australia and are proud to have a 100% development approval success rate while pushing the boundaries of architectural design.

Step 4: Construction Documentation
We prepare all the necessary drawings and documentation for your construction certificate application.

Upon obtaining written approval of your design from your local council and after receiving your instructions, we prepare detailed construction drawings and all documentation required for the construction certificate.
We produce all necessary detailed roof plans, ceiling, lighting & electrical drawings, kitchen, bathroom and laundry layouts and elevations including schedules and specifications.
We also liaise and meet with the relevant consultants such as engineers, builders and contractors where necessary.

Step 5: Tendering Package
We prepare a comprehensive tendering package for builders to quote on your project and if requested help with the negotiation process.
The tendering package is designed to make tendering for your project quick and easy so you can start your project as soon as you are ready. And you get to choose your builder. Again to help you stay within your budget we have made the Design Tendering stage completely optional.

Step 6: Contract Administration-optional
We're here to help; by acting as your agent we can reduce the stress during the building process and help to achieve a successful outcome for your project.

Architectural Services Summary

Architectural Services Summary

• Initial FREE Architectural Design & Documentation Consultation and advice
• Hand sketches & design development drawings
• Architectural Documentation: AutoCAD, ArchiCad-14- 2D & 3D
• Documentation –All items required for DA + CC + CDC Approval
• Islamic architectural discussion & design
• Shadow Diagrams-2 D manual/3D Computer generated Plan + Elevations
• Landscape species + requirements and documenting Landscape Plan
• Marker pen, Pencil, Crayon, Texta Rendering
• Design described through drawings and/or 3D representation.
• BASIX Compliance & Certificates
• Statement of Environmental Effects Reports
• Heritage Significance Reports
• Building Code of Australia (BCA/NCC) assessment & reporting
• Waste Management Plans + Soil & Erosion Plans
• Plumbing, landscape and Electrical Drawings
• Model making
• Heritage Impact Report Research+ Writing
• Conservation plan Research & Writing
• Town planning research & writing
• Construction heritage issues
• Service Drawings for Wet Areas, Kitchens, Amenities, Joinery, Drainage
• Detail Drawings production
• Workshop Drawings production
• Specification & Schedules production
• Engaging consultants namely structural, hydraulic, traffic + acoustic engineers
• Informing + driving+ managing consultants
• Reviewing consultants design+ documentation
• Selection of materials + systems + consideration for materials properties
for strength, & aesthetics, performance + durability
• Coordinated Exterior and Interior Colour Scheme Solutions
• Furniture Selection, Spatial Planning & Presentation Boards
• Finishes & Fixtures Selection (includes lighting, floor coverings, window treatments, fabrics)
• Real estate plans
• Water Service Coordination, Quickcheck approvals & Service Protection Reports.
• Much more

Architectural Representation

Your architect is qualified & skilled in gaining difficult approvals.

Often there are unauthorized works to be approved and we are experts in gaining difficult approvals

Meeting with and resolving/negotiating DA + CC /S96, CDC & BC approvals with councils, authorities + certifiers for best result for client and importantly the architecture.

Representing client during approvals including addressing meetings

Resolving unauthorized approvals for DA & BC Approval

Informing clients of the laws + by laws of planning so client is always understanding + aware of procedures until approvals are granted + construction ready.

Islamic Architecture

Ibrahim Conlon designs Islamic architecture. All buildings -contemporary or traditional in nature, are designed with Islamic architectural principles. What is Islamic Architecture?

Technically ‘Islamic architecture’ is the rich tradition developed as the religion & empire of Islam developed, encompassing a wide range of both secular and religious styles from the foundation of Islam to the present day, influencing the design and construction of buildings and structures in Islamic culture and beyond. The principal Islamic architectural types are: the house, the Mosque, the Palace, the Fort, the School, and urban buildings. For all these types of constructions, Islamic architecture developed a rich vocabulary that was also used for buildings of lesser importance such as public baths, fountains and domestic architecture.

We believe Islamic architecture simply is buildings designed-by and built-for Muslims and encompasses the ideas of Serenity, Privacy, Islamic Identity, Separation, Geometry, Simplicity, Austerity, Functionalism, Sustainability, Beauty, Cost-efficiency; That is Buildings designed on principles of Qu’ran & Sunnah.