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During this phase the Architect seeks solutions to architectural problems that arise out of the Pre-Design Phase. There may be one solution or there may be alternate solutions. All of this requires meetings with the Client to obtain approval before proceeding with the next phase. It is hard to predict how many meetings will be required. The phase is complete when the Client and Architect come to an agreement on a realistic solution.
After the Schematic Design Phase is complete, rough plans are sometimes sent out for a preliminary construction cost estimate.
It should also be noted that the Architect’s fee can either be at a fixed rate or it can be based on a percentage of actual construction costs. This is open for discussion on an individual basis.