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Roos Architects is a dynamic architectural practice based in Gauteng.

Our aim is to design buildings that improve the quality of the built environment. Buildings are big investments that last a long time and have an impact on many people. They must be crafted with care and should possess a beauty that is more than skin deep. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail in design. To achieve success, it is important to do the small things right.

 

Our creative approach to solving design challenges is backed up by extensive knowledge of building technology and on-site experience.

Client satisfaction is our priority. By working closely with our clients, we give shape to their unique requirements and translate them into a built form. We aim to deliver excellent service in order to build successful and lasting relationships with our clients.

 

Roos Architects is headed by professional architect Jaco-Ben Roos who has more than 14 years’ experience in a range of projects that include residential, commercial, light industrial & educational buildings.

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Architectural fees in South Africa

The matter of architectural fees in South Africa is a contentious issue. The range of fees charged by architectural professionals vary greatly. This often leads to confusion among clients and the general public. Often the idea is formed that certain architects charge too much if their fees are compared to others. However, as with many things in life, it is important to compare like with like.  Clients need to understand that a quote, and a design for that matter, should not be judged at face value.

Unfortunately our current economy is in a poor state. The building industry is under pressure and many building professionals (e.g. architects, engineers, quantity surveyors) struggle to keep head above water. As a result the market for architectural services is very competitive. Some professionals will quote on projects at rates that are cut to the bone. Such an offer for services may seem very tempting to clients, however, it carries a risk. Remember that the professional can only allocate a limited number of hours to such a project. It may therefore be that the project does not go through all the normal design developments (i.e. gradual improvements) and quality checks that it should.  This could leave the client in a position where the product is not up to his or her expectations or, even worse, the design process and approvals cannot be completed.

The South African Council for the Architectural Profession distributed the following note to the architectural community in April this year regarding this matter:

SACAP concerned about charging of ‘ridiculously low architectural fees’

Johannesburg, Friday 12 April 2019. The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) has today come out strongly against the growing trend of charging ridiculously low and below-the-cost rates for architectural services by some Registered Persons (RPs).

This after numerous complaints that some RPs are either leaving their clients in the lurch with work incomplete or demanding more money for the job as they realize that what they charged was falling way short of covering their costs.

This unsustainable phenomenon has led resulted in an increase in abandoned projects or projects overshooting the client’s budgets due to poor costing.

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