The Naked Architect — A guide to commissioning an architect –
Series 3 now available to watch for free!
Are you looking to renovate or build a new home and have considered using an architect but don’t know where to start? The best way to truly appreciate the benefits of engaging an architect is to hear straight from the architects and clients themselves, and in the homes they’ve created together. This is the premise of The Naked Architect.
The Naked Architect is an initiative of Open House Melbourne, with support from the Architects Registration Board of Victoria, and in association with ArchiTeam. The series was launched in 2017 and continued in 2019 as part of the year-round program of Open House.
Series 3. Episode 1.
THE IDEAL CLIENT - WINWOOD MCKENZIE ARCHITECTS
What are the qualities of an ideal client? How much time does a client put into the project? How much contact did you have with each other each week? Was there a time when you disagreed? How did you resolve it? What is the best way for a client to communicate their needs? What questions need to be asked to write a project brief? In this episode we speak with Thomas McKenzie, director Winwood McKenzie and client Alison, owner of Brunswick House, to uncover the answers.
Series 3. Episode 2.
SCHEDULING AND TIME - DAVIDOV ARCHITECTS
How long does an architectural project typically take? How much time do you need stage to stage? What is the most time consuming part of the project? How much contact did you have with each other throughout those stages? Did the process go longer or shorter than you expected? In this episode we speak with Robert Davidov, director Davidov Architects and client Leora, owner of SLD Residence, to uncover the answers.
Davidov Architects have developed a reputation as a design focused studio with a distinctive approach to design and lifestyle. They invest time in developing good design that is enduring and grounded, focussing on crafting warm minimalist spaces through the principles of proportion, spatial sequence, composition, materiality and light. The result is the creation of architecture that is timeless.
Series 3. Episode 3. FEES AND BUDGET - FIGR ARCHITECTS
What was the breakdown of fees from stage to stage? What are the different fee models? How are they appropriate? How are the project budget and fees related? How is the project budget controlled? Who is responsible for it? Is it okay to cut things out of the project, then put them back in? In this episode we speak with Michael Artemenko, director FIGR Architects and client Antoine, owner of Silhouette Hytte, to uncover the answers. VIEW HERE
Series 3. Episode 4.
CONSULTANTS AND PRACTICALITIES - DELIA TESCHENDORFF
Which consultants did you use? What other consultants are there? How do you decide which consultants to use? How do you decide whether to do it yourself or go to a specialist? How does a client engage with consultants? What is the impact of making big changes at each stage of the project? In this episode we speak with Delia Teschendorff, director Delia Teschendorff Architecture, and client Tim, owner of Rhythm House, to uncover the answers. Delia Teschendorff Architecture has a rigorous design focus. The approach to each individual project is unique, as each brief, site and client demands a different approach and presents a different problem to solve. Research is an important component of the design process at DTA. A projects inspiration may be drawn from history, an investigation of site or broader influences including music and literature. This approach ensures a unique experience of place for the user and the buildings position in the greater urban fabric.