Area-Based Architectural Fees
Historically, architectural fees have been calculated as a percentage of a building's cost. It is also possible to calculate architectural fees as a function of a building's area. We use a figure called the "Factored Project Area" as a basis for fee calculation.
Factored project area allows for increases and decreases in building complexity based on type. For example, if a standard internal building area with a standard flat ceiling is given a factor of 100%, then an area with a high ceiling and clerestory windows is given a factor of 125%, and an unfinished garage is given a factor of 50%. The fee can then be derived as $ per square metre.
Please note that our tables are based on projects with a typical degree of complexity and detailing. Projects that vary – either less or more complex than typical – can be negotiated accordingly.
The system can be used for both new buildings and renovations. One advantage of this system is that a client can gauge what the fees may be prior to engaging the architect. They can also remain informed and in control of the fees throughout the project.