Design Delta Architects was established in 2000 and has become a progressive and diversified architectural practice offering services in all aspects of architecture including: conservation, planning and interior design.
"We are a practice providing personalised service with attention to detail."
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Demetrios Stavropoulos is the Principal of Design Delta Architects. He studied and completed his Bachelor of Architecture with Honours from the University of New South Wales in 1992. He gained Architectural Registration in 1997.
He began his career as a full-time tutor in architecture for UNSW in 1993, before working for firms such as Mark Bullen Architects, Cox Architects and Woodhead International until 2000.
From 2001 - 2012 Demetrios was a tutor in architecture at the University of Sydney.
In 2000 he established Design Delta Architects.
To help understand the design process we offer the following outline of an architect may be involved with your project.
Research your Architect - Use referrals from family/friends, the internet and the Australian Institute of Architects to select some architects that you wish to speak to regarding your project. Don't be afraid to call them and ask questions about your project and their relevant experience and expertise with your type of project.
An architects understands that you are spending considerable time and money on your project. The architect will be able to extract from you a design brief that outlines all your requirements in relation to time, cost and quality. Strong collaboration between you and your architect will create a good design. Good design will not only provide you with a building you enjoy, but a product that meets your needs, your budget, is low maintenance and environmentally responsive.
Remember, be patient with the design, approval and construction process as it can be lengthy.
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Design Delta Architects understand that communication is the key to a successful transition from concept design to building completion.
The design process.
1.0 - Initial Briefing -
The architect will help extract from the client what they require of the development. This may include such things as; room types, functions and sizes; budget constraints; time constraints; day to day usage by the occupants; site specific constraints (views, sunlight, breezes).
2.0 - Sketch Design -
Once the design brief is finalised the architect will then research Council and Statutory Authority requirements as well as site constraints before responding with a sketch proposal showing massing, planning and elevations for review by the client. There will always be room for amendments to the design at this stage. Once the design concept is accepted by the client, the architect may then go to Council to discuss the proposal. This will be done particularly when the site is sensitive in nature (heritage, environmental) or the client is seeking to achieve something which may not follow the development control guidelines. The sketch design can also be used to gain budget estimates of the proposal.
3.0 - Design Development -
The sketch proposal is then developed with additional detail to fully explain the intent of the proposal for submission to council. This will include refinement of form and function, room sizes, material palette, opportunity for joinery, storage and personal touches. The drawings together with supporting documentation (Statement of Environmental Effects, Shadow Diagrams, BASIX compliance certificate and other minor statutory requirements) are submitted for Development Approval. Typically, the architect will liaise with Council during the approval process.
4.0 - Construction Documentation -
The design is then further developed to include all necessary information so the documents can be used for construction. This may require coordination with other consultants (Structural, Hydraulic and Mechanical engineers). These documents will describe the materials and quality of work required as well as the size and shape of the whole. The documents are then submitted for the final stage of Approval - the Construction Certificate (CC). The CC is your approval to commence construction.
5.0 - Tendering -
The architect can assist with the appointment of a builder. This may be done through a competitive tender or a selection process or a builder the client has used and trusts. The architect offers any clarification of the documents that may be required for a construction price to be finalised. The architect will also appoint the builder and select an appropriate form of building contract.
6.0 - Construction Phase -
The architect will monitor progress on site - accuracy of building work in relation to the documents. The architect will assess the work completed against regular claims for payment submitted by the builder. The architect will also assist to resolve any discrepancies that may arise on site - to assist in maintaining the integrity of the design. The architect will also assess any variations to the contract made by your or the builder. As construction nears completion the architect will conduct defects inspections where the builder may need to undertake remedial work prior to completion of the contract and releasing the final monies owing.
Fees - the architect's fees are based on several things:
7.1 - Services required -
Which services does the client require - refer to items 1-6 in the Design Process. Some clients may only want "sketches" to understand the potential their ideas hold. Others wish for the architect's involvement throughout the design and construction process.
7.2 - Complexity -
Each project varies in complexity. A small building on a level site may be easier to resolve than a large building on a steep site.