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Cost of Works:

  • Construction Cost
  • Architect’s Fees (10%-15% of construction cost)
  • Consultant Fees (5%-15% of construction cost, depending on project complexity)
  • DA/CC Fees & Certification Fees (varies between Councils, and whether a private certifier is used)
  • Contingency Sum (10%-20% of construction cost)
  • Builder’s Margin
  • GST

Other costs to consider:

  • Furnishings
  • Loose Equipment & Electrical Items
  • Landscaping
  • Rental/Accommodation Costs during construction

Project Unknowns:

  • Archaeological finds
  • Contamination Issues
  • Structural problems with existing buildings
  • Geotech
  • Bushfire prone land

Issues affecting budget:

  • A building is the sum of its parts – size matters. The biggest impact on a project cost is the area.
  • Builder’s experience and type of building contract
  • Site conditions and access
  • New building vs. alterations & additions

What do you do at GWA? I enjoy working with clients on makeovers of their most cherished environments.

What were you doing before you joined GWA? After university I had extensive experience designing and managing projects of different scale and type. After living in France with my family, I had the opportunity to reflect on where to take my career, and GWA grew organically from there.

What do you do that’s not related to Architecture?
I play with my three kids, enter in local fun runs and love a quiet dinner with my husband.

What do you do at GWA? I keep the practice ticking along, providing advice on making administrative processes efficient. I also tend to my architectural talent delusions from time to time.

What were you doing before you joined GWA?
I trained as an engineer originally, but worked in financial services before discovering my enjoyment of entrepreneurial endeavours.

What else do you do that’s not related to Architecture? Most of my professional time is spent in management in the healthcare services industry. Otherwise I enjoy growing up with my children, and trying to go faster on two wheels.

What do you do at GWA?  I translate ideas and sketches into quantifiable drawings and qualitative documents- and drink coffee.

What were you doing before you joined GWA?  Whilst at Uni, I spent a few years moonlighting as a florist, and then worked in a private practice in Sydney after graduating from UNSW. I then spent eight years in London working for both small and medium scale practices, studying, eating and shopping; Upon return to Sydney I found the opportunity to use my skills at GWA.

What do you do that’s not related to Architecture? Entertaining a toddler, cooking but mostly eating.

What do you do at GWA? Work with a team of professionals to create & facilitate elegant design & utilise modern technology to visualise and communicate ideas effectively.

What were you doing before you joined GWA?
Studying and working for a commercial Architecture firm. Through university I studied in Italy where I was exposed to great works of art as well as architecture by Carlo Scarpa, Mario Botta and many others.

What do you do that’s not related to Architecture?
I enjoy travelling the world and working towards my career as a pro surfer.

What do you do at GWA? I meet with Clients to interpret their needs, and to bring their visions to life.  I use different materials and media to convey ideas before proceeding to construction. I am also involved in producing graphics materials such as this website you are reading.

What were you doing before you joined GWA?
I joined Tzannes Associates after graduating from UNSW, and through Tzannes collaborate with GWA.

What do you do that’s not related to Architecture?
I love to travel. I pay (probably too much) attention to how things are designed and put together. I feel happy when I see a nice building.