The architect designs the building; the contractor builds it. The architect’s role can end with the completion of the plans, the contractor’s role beginning thereafter, but such a simple handoff rarely produces the best outcome. Good buildings result from thoughtful collaboration between the architect and the contractor throughout the construction process and, when possible, the design process, as well. That makes sense, because the two bring complementary knowledge, insight, and skills to the endeavor. It’s in the owner’s interest to harness their collective wisdom for the benefit of the project. Yet we all know of projects in which the relationship between the architect and contractor has been anything but collaborative. Let’s see what makes for a good relationship.
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