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AMBICA ASSOCIATES is established in year 1999 a hardworking team is in progress step by step………..Architecture is a team-working process and rarely a lone activity. There is always a client and there is always an interpreter of that client’s needs.

The relationship between client and architectis fundamental, and the establishment of a professional and trusting relationship between the two is the bedrock of every successful project.Creating architecture involves art and beauty, science and engineering, values and beliefs, friendship and team-working. It is one of life’s rewarding activities, bringing together a wide range of personalities, skills and expertise. It is an adventure for the client, the architect and their team.It is important to place that adventure within a sound organisational and contractual context so that procedural complications do not derail the principal activity. A simple, clear, legally-defined understanding of what is involved will benefit the whole process, avoid conflict and help clarify the interrelationships and responsibilities of all the partners involved in commissioning, designing and building a project, large or small.Architectural services can be procured by a multitude of routes, however, they generally involve certain core activities:

1. Receiving and understanding the brief, agreeing how to proceed and gathering data.

2. Feasibility studies and assessment.

3. Concept design / outline design.

4. Design development.

5. Construction data

6. Construction procurement.

7. Inspection.

8. Post-occupancy evaluationThis article focuses on the first four stages leading up to the

preparation of a ‘scheme design’ suitable for making a planning application.