Unit Overview
P1 - Factors that influence the Design Process
P2 - Communication
P2 - Design Team
P3 - Production Team
P4 - Legal Implications
P5 - Written Communication
P6 - Construction Methods
P7 - Specifications
P8 - Drawings
M2 - Communicating Design Changes
M3 - Terminology
D1 - Evaluate RIBA
D2 - Appraise Instructions

Communication Between Members of the Design Team

Types of Communication

Communication in the design team may be verbal, by email or post.

Verbal is quick and issues can be resolved quickly

Communicating by email means that you have a record of communication that may be important if proof of communication is needed at a later date.

Good practice is to follow up important verbal conversations with an email to clarify key points, documents such as drawings can also be attached to emails.


Drawing Registers

It is essential that everyone is working from the most recent set of drawings, the design office should keep a register of drawings to ensure everyone is working from the most recent set of drawings.


Communication with the Client

During the design stage of a project the the architect and client will hold regular meetings to discuss how the design is taking shape, whilst the client will have their own ideas one of the jobs of the architect is to bring the clients ideas to a workable solution within a time frame that is suitable for both the client and the principle contractor.


Once construction has started the client will want updates on progress and will need to be informed of any significant changes to the design or the budget.


Communication within the design team

The final design will be the result of the work done by all the members of the design team, they will often be situated close together and may well be in an open plan office to help easy communication. Each member of the design team will need to feed information into the final design which may in turn affect another aspect of the design. For example if the engineer specifies more steel work than was initially anticipate the QS will need to budget for this and get the architect to make savings elsewhere on the design.


Communications with the Build Team

The QS will communicate with the build team so the planner and the buyer can make sure that materials, plant and labour are in place for the start of the build phase. Once the project has started the architect will check that the site is being built to plan and make any design changes that need to be made.


Communication with local government

Pre and during construction the design team will need communicate with the LPA in order to gain planning permission for the project, this will involve sharing initial ideas and on site meetings. During construction the building inspector will want to check certain aspects of the building.