When an architect receives a commission for the building, he meets the client and discusses his requirements. After visiting the site, the architect draw up preliminary plans and, together with a rough estimate of the cost, submits them to the client for his approval. If the client suggests changes, the architect incorporates them into final design which shows the exact dimension of every part of the building. At this stage, several building contractors are invited to bid for the job of constructing the building. When they submit their tenders or prices, the architect assists his client in selecting the best one and helps him to draw up a contract between the client and contractor.
Work now starts on the building. As construction proceeds, the architect makes periodic inspactions to make sure that the building is being constructed according to his plans and that the materials specified in the contract are being used. During sthe building period, the client pays the bills from the constractor. Subsequently, the contractor completes the building and the client occupies it. For six months after completion there is a period known as the ” defects liability period “. During this period, the contractor must correct any defects that appear in the fabric of the building. Finally, when all the defects have been corrected, the client takes full possession of the building.