Case 51: Concrete walls
In this case we have a General contractor who was commissioned to build a 10-story office building. One of the main problems happening in this project is the lack of communication and professionalism. The Contractor decides to hire a sub-contractor to do the concrete form-work of the project. When the General Contractor sends out the documents for bidding the bidder did not referenced any of the drawings from the documents in his bid. In the Interview between the General Contractor and the sub-contractor the General Contractor took the sub-contractor’s word about getting all the work done instead of making an agreement on paper. This leads to walls not being installed in the project and the sub-contractor refuses to install the walls. The walls are worth $50,000 and there’s is no budget to install the walls. In this case the General Contractor is the one to blame for this problem because he should’ve never agreed to the bid knowing that the bid made by the subcontractor was low and because the subcontractor did not reference his bid to any drawings in the list.
Case 26: Historic Restoration
This case study tends to surprise me more and more as I read. One of the most shocking things is the lack of professionalism between the Owner and the Architect. The first thing that caught my eye was the fact that the Architect brings her child to the meetings with the owner which is totally unprofessional because she isn’t giving the client the attention that he deserves for he services. Another thing that is specified in the reading is the fact that the Architect recommended a Contractor from San Fransisco without showing the client any prove of previous work nor portfolio. In this case a recommendation without any solid documentation isn’t a good way to get the client to trust your input in the project. Another big red flag is that the Architect isn’t specifying the contractor with drawings or specifications on the whole project and she’s using “if needed” or “if necessary”. This isn’t a good way to give client the service he deserves because the Architect should be able to specify the materials and do the best for the customer to be satisfy. The last and worst thing in this whole situation is that they are working with an estimated budget which is not good because that could make the cost of the project higher than it needs to be and those number figures are not in contract. I think this must be one of the worst contracts ever written there is lack of professionalism and communication which is a big problem in any serious legal document.
Assignment#2: Why become a License Architect.
In the career of Architecture there are a lot of paths you could take with Architectural experience but i think being a License Architect is a big part of the industry and it could open up a lot of opportunities. When you are in a job interview and you have licensed Architect in your Resume it shows the employer that you have the architectural skills and judgement to ensure the health and safety of those who construct, maintain, and inhabit the structure you have blueprinted. Another reason why to get an Architecture License is because it allows you to position yourself for career advancement and also a license will give you a higher earning potential than unlicensed architects. The last reasons would be because as a licensed architect, you’ll be able to choose the type of projects you work on and firms that you join and also its an opportunity for you to be able to sign-off on projects, supervise teams, and start your own firm. I know that becoming a license Architect takes a lot and also gives you many responsibilities but i know that taking getting my Architecture License is a path i need to take in my career.
Assignment # 1: Dream job
In the building industry Architects often times provoke different reactions through their designs. By using their creativity they develop aesthetics of spaces along with the functionality of a building. Nowadays Architects are slowly losing control on their ability to lead the direction of projects in the urban environment. As the building industry puts a lot of restriction on Architects when working on projects with clients, contractors and subcontractors. It is also common knowledge that the net value of architectural services in projects are value at a very small percentage, which puts architects near the bottom of the financial structure in the AEC industry. This is one of the reasons I aspire to become a ‘Architect as Developer’ which is a new practice that is emerging. Which allows architects to have the ability to become the owner, by eliminating the client and the general contractor from the design and building process. Therefore the Architect is able to take full control of the project and have more freedom. This allow the architect to create better city environments for the community as well as achieve substantial financial compensation. This dream job also motivates you to learn new skills like understanding project analysis, construction techniques, acquiring building permits and controlling budgets. This is also a reason why I am interested in doing construction management which will help me acquire a lot more experience in the field. This job carries a lot of responsibility and understanding of the building industry that when also incorporating the design aspect it creates more areas for development potential for the people in the communities.