In every project, a diverse group of professionals is involved, comprising the client, builder, architect, and interior designer, with the possibility of additional experts like Structural, Mechanical and Electrical engineers, landscape architects, or lighting designers, depending on the project's complexity.
A successful project typically commences with a well-designed plan. Once the design and architectural plans are complete, the client usually hires a general contractor separately to oversee the construction. The contractor then assembles a team of subcontractors, including project managers, administrative support, vendors, and more.
This conventional approach often results in multiple layers of separation between the design team and the construction team, leading to potential issues arising from miscommunication, missing information, or unclear instructions. Such conflicts can significantly disrupt or delay the project.
However, involving the builder early in the design process and advancing collaboration between the architect or interior designer and the contractor can effectively address many problems. By working as a unified team, potential issues related to site conditions can be discovered and addressed early on, reducing the need for Requests for Information (RFIs) to the Architect and preventing cost increases for the project owner.