Architecture firms routinely offer the design and administration services traditionally accepted in the modern building industry.  What sets joseph c duda architecture apart from others is both the client-oriented methods used and sensitivity to the Earth and all of her inhabitants.  All constituent parties, including the land, are considered as equal co-creators in the design and construction process.  The client is an active participant in the process, providing input at any time, not just at the end of each architectural stage.

The phases of Architecture and Construction and our approach to each follows:

Programming and Pre-design

This is the time when the feasibility of the project becomes apparent through data gathering and definition of the client's program.  We scrutinize all available resources from building codes and zoning through local CC&Rs to assist the owners in determining if their desired project may be built as envisioned and within budget.  The appropriate positioning and massing of the building is evaluated based on site conditions, views, accessibility of utilities, prevailing winds, and other environmental and built conditions.  We generate bubble diagrams of building component adjacencies and provide alternate layout suggestions.  If possible, we begin discussions with numerous contractors to determine if they would be compatible and would assist in reviewing prepared documents and proposed systems.  Various building material, mechanical, and structural combinations are considered for appropriateness and compatibility with desired client lifestyle.

Schematic Design (SD)

During this phase, we take the information gathered previously and 
begin to develop floor and roof plans, elevations, sections, and a
preliminary budget for the proposed building.  We also prepare an 
outline specification, a list describing the proposed products and 
materials considered for the project.  One goal during this phase is to 
acquire a complete and accurate understanding of a client's intentions 
and project requirements.

Once the project schematics are defined and agreed to by the client, 
the next step is to present the design and its perceived parameters to 
the land.   This procedure is accomplished by psychically overlaying the
schematic design onto the chosen building site and requesting that 
the Earth send her energies up through the design, altering it as she 
determines.  The architect interprets the changes and integrates them 
into the design.  The alterations may be subtle or not, and may present
solutions previously unconsidered.  This process occasionally requires 
several iterations until a design, material scheme, and budget 
consistent with the desires and needs of all affected parties are

Design Development (DD)

Design Development is the phase during which details of the 
building materials, systems, fixtures, and finishes are fixed and 
honed.  We generally produce site layout plan(s) with exterior 
dimensions, roof plan(s), 2-D building elevations with vertical dimensions, 2-D building sections with vertical dimensions, special details as needed, and finish, door, and window schedules.  The major engineering subcontractors (electrical, mechanical, plumbing, structural, etc.) are tasked with incorporating their systems into the agreed-upon design, and a more definitive cost estimate is generated.

Construction Documents (CD)

With the design fully developed and massaged, all the required technical information, such as dimensions and notes, is added to the drawings.  A Project Manual will be developed or incorporated into the drawings, which will include a final Specification document (a detailed description of every material and product used on the job) and various material lists (door, window, and finish schedules, etc.).  The Construction Drawings and supplemental documents become the legal documents from which a General Contractor will prepare a bid and ultimately construct the building.  We prefer to engage a contractor from the inception of design, but sometimes, particularly for public work, this is not possible.

The prepared documents generally consist, at a minimum, of the following: cover sheet, General Conditions, specification and performance standards, Building Code review, site layout plan, site details, foundation plan, floor plan(s), roof plan(s), building elevations, interior elevations, building sections, wall sections, details, finish schedule/details, door schedule/details, window schedule/details, and casework (plan layout and basic elevations).  The documents are organized to ensure that the chosen contractor will locate pertinent information in a logically-arranged method that matches specific construction conditions. We design so the contractor may easily meet the intentions and visions of the client.

Bidding and Negotiations

If the project must go through the bidding process, we will prepare a comprehensive Bid Package.  This package includes a complete set of Construction Documents (Construction Drawings and Project Manual, if required) and the Bid Requirements (instructions, due date, etc.).  We will issue a package to each selected bidder and collect the bids on the scheduled due date, carefully reviewing each submission with the client.  If negotiations are required during the bidding process, we will provide assistance as necessary.

Construction Administration (CA)

After a contractor has started work, our job is to ensure that the project is built exactly to the intent of the construction documents - the drawings and specifications.  We will make periodic visits to the site, answer questions from the contractor drawings, and evaluate the contractor's pay requests.  Typically, we will preside over a monthly project coordination meeting among the architect, client, contractor, and other interested or affected parties, resolving potential issues quickly and efficiently, and prior to being constructed.  As the project nears completion, we will perform a "walkthrough" with the client and prepare a Punch List of items that need attention or modification.  Our goal is to finish the project so that the client and all participants in the process are fully satisfied with the results.
Joseph  Duda
       Dedicated to Craftsmanship, Service, and Integrity.
Architectural clients often demand a sensitive blend of quality-based, time-responsive, and cost-effective design. To provide that level of service, we consistently provide 
synergistic solutions by unifying time-honored craftsmanship with 
intuitive and state-of-the-art approaches and procedures.
contact:  505-501-1984              santa fe, new mexico, usa