Calum Duncan Architects
Calum Duncan Architects Model Making

Design

We are interested in working with clients who wish to work closely and collaboratively to produce an end product that would otherwise not be possible, where the potential of a site or an existing building is mutually valued and cared for.  These are simple terms which involve a willingness to work with clarity, honesty and an open mind to possible outcomes. Time, consideration and care will be given to achieve appropriate collaborative solutions which are made from simple aspirations: sunlight, view, connection to adjacent spaces, proximity to the outside and making every space work hard in function and character. Our proposals will not work against an existing site condition or building, but with the existing attributes, aiming to resolve elements which are detrimental or inefficient.

 

Clarity of process

At each work stage we will ensure communication is straight forward and the understanding of aspiration between client and architect is clear, before moving on to the following work stage. This will include an agreed brief, description of works and drawings. A valued part of any client consultation will be to listen carefully and not jump to conclusions before developing a proposal. A lack of clarity and understanding of client’s requirements by the architect, or unclear architectural proposals are common problems. They may only present themselves later on and often lead to redesigns, cost overruns or disappointment when the project is complete.

 

Fee

We will always be clear about what our fee includes or does not. We understand that clients respect transparency and will always highlight any variance from what our fee allows for before progressing any additional work which may be useful or necessary. We will always ensure our fee basis is fair and reasonable.

 

Presenting Ideas

The method in which we present proposals will vary depending on the most appropriate for a given situation, however we are particularly interested in sketch drawings and physical models which we find most helpful during the design process and which we believe are most useful to the client. Built models are particularly tangible to articulate and test ideas, shapes, spaces or materials.