It is essential that architect fees reflect the true value of the services delivered.

As a priority, first establish the scope of the service to be provided prior to assessing the professional fee applicable to a contract. It is imperative that scope, cost expectations, program, location, etc. are first determined. In some cases the fee may be for a partial service, or as a precursor for planning-application purposes, the results of which may affect the engagement of the architect in the design development and documentation phases.

It is also appropriate to identify the services that are to be excluded.