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Royal Architectural Institute of Canada releases new architect services fee guide

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Royal Architectural Institute of Canada releases new architect services fee guide

OTTAWA — The latest edition of A Guide to Determining Appropriate Fees for the Services of an Architect was recently released by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).

Developed for clients, architects, engineers, educators and interns, the 2019 fee guide explores the scope of both basic and additional architectural services, the value of architectural services, different approaches to determining a fee structure and how architectural services fees can be calculated.

The 58-page document also provides information on fee adjustment factors, comparisons of project delivery types, including risk analysis, and explains the value of architectural services.

Fees for architectural services historically have been widely based on a percentage of the construction cost, however, changes in the design and construction industry make it “impossible to assume that the same professional fee will be appropriate for all projects even if the projects are of the same size and building type,” the guide states.

These changes include different forms of project delivery, new design and documentation processes, increasingly complex building systems, greater overhead costs because of extensive Requests for Proposals, new demands for compressed schedules, indicates a release.

The first edition of the guide was published in 2009.

The 2019 edition, funded entirely by RAIC members, updates and simplifies the percentage fee tables to align with the Canadian Construction Documents Committee’s new definition of construction cost.

It also adds fee adjustment factors to address new project delivery models and technologies and introduces project delivery comparison tables with a comparative analysis of the risk factors for each delivery method.

The RAIC Practice Support Committee volunteered hundreds of hours to develop the guide with support from practice advisers at the Ontario Association of Architects and other provincial architecture associations, explains an RAIC statement.

The guide is available exclusively at the RAIC online store at

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