The role of the architect using integrated contracts for social housing renovation projects

Baldiri Salcedo Rahola, Ad Straub

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    Abstract

    Purpose
    This paper aims to gain more in-depth knowledge in the tendering procedures and organisational typologies of consortia working with integrated contracts for social housing renovation projects and especially in the inherent changes in the role of the architect and his or her relations with the client and consortium members.

    Design/methodology/approach
    In total, 21 Dutch social housing renovation projects using an integrated contract with the involvement of an architect were identified in the period 2005-2013. The study is based on interviews with 13 from 21 architects working in these projects.

    Findings
    The findings indicate that in the majority of these projects, the architect is contracted by the main contractor rather than by the client, the social housing organisation. The new contractual relationship has no significant effect on the relationship of the architect with the social housing organisation and improves the relationship of the architect with the main contractor, consultants, advisors and other consortium members, such as specialist contractors. The architect switches from the role of designer to that of technical and aesthetic advisor, compared to traditional design-bid-build projects.

    Research limitations/implications
    The findings are based on the first experiences of architects working with integrated contracts for social housing renovation projects. Results may be different for other types of projects.

    Practical implications
    Architects involved in integrated contracts for housing renovation projects can foresee the implications for their daily work. The study provides useful insights for educational reform to prepare students and practising architects to make the most of the new situation.

    Originality/value
    The few studies into integrated contracts that refer to the role of the architect have flagged up changes in this role relative to the traditional design-bid-build approach. This study provides in-depth knowledge of the role of the architect in integrated contracts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)802-817
    JournalJournal of Engineering, Design and Technology
    Volume14
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Keywords

    • Renovation
    • Social housing
    • Construction procurement
    • Architect role
    • Integrated contracts

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    The role of the architect in integrated contracts for social housing renovations in the Netherlands

    Straub, A. & Salcedo Rahola, TB., 2014, Proceedings of the international conference on construction in a changing world, 2014 CIB W55/65/89/92/96/102/117 & TG72/81/83. Amaratunga, D., Haigh, R., Ruddock, L., Keraminiyage, K., Kulatunga, U. & Pathirage, C. (eds.). Salford, UK: CIB/The University of Salford, p. 1-12 12 p.

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