jharchitecture is a design led architectural practice based in Dublin. Established by Joe Hogan, jharchitecture is a fully registered member practice of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI). Having graduated from the Dublin School of Architecture, DIT Bolton Street in 2006 with an honours degree and subsequently becoming a Registered Member of the RIAI in 2009, Joe has gained extensive experience working on projects both here and in NYC, ranging in size from large high-end multi-unit residential and commercial developments, to smaller single family refurbishments and house extensions.
how we work
Understanding the needs of our client is central to how jharchitecture approach all projects. By looking in detail at issues of site orientation & maximising daylight, use & comfort of the space for the end user, durability of materials & reducing energy consumption through use of sustainable technologies, we aim to provide a truly unique response to every brief.
jharchitecture can take your project, big or small, through the full process from initial design, right through to completion. Typically, the process will consist of meeting with the client and developing a brief. Depending on the scale of the project or the scale of the service required to be provided, the client may simply want advice on what their options are for the future. However, in many instances, more detailed input will be required. Where this is the case, the initial exercise will consist of a survey of the site. Where the work will consist of an extension and/or refurbishment work to an existing property, a full detailed survey of the existing property and surrounding context will be carried out. Following on from this, an initial sketch design will be prepared, taking all aspects of the clients brief into consideration whilst ensuring the design is within the clients agreed budget.
Once the initial design is agreed, a more detailed design will be developed and if required, a planning application will be prepared for submission to the local authority. Very often, a pre-planning meeting or consultation will be arranged with the planning authority with a view to discussing any potential issues prior to submitting the application. If the design is exempt from the requirements to submit a planning application, the project can move straight to the tender stage.
For the tender stage, a comprehensive set of detailed drawings and specifications will be prepared, describing fully the materials and finishes to be used throughout. This will be discussed and agreed with the client. We can also produce 3-Dimensional CGI’s (computer generated images) at this stage, with a view to helping the client understand the proposed materials and finishes. If there are any conditions imposed by the planning authority which require an alteration to the design, these can also be incorporated at this stage. The various options for sustainable energy technologies can also be explored. On completion, the tender drawings and specifications will then be issued to a number of chosen contractors to enable them to submit a detailed quotation. On receipt, a full analysis of each returned tender will be carried out. Along with the returned tender price, each contractor will be assessed on the basis of previous experience, timescale in which the project can be completed etc. Any negotiation which is required to bring the contract price in in-line with the clients budget can take place at this time. We will then recommend a preferred contractor to the client based on this criteria. With a view to helping the client make a well informed decision in relation to choice of contractor, we will then obtain references to allow the client go and see some of the contractors previous work and allow them talk to some previous clients. Once the client is satisfied, we will then formally appoint the selected contractor and organise the signing of the relevant RIAI form of Contract between the client and the Contractor. Once all of this in place, the construction stage can begin.
jharchitecture will oversee the construction stage by means of regular site visits to ensure that the project is being built according to the agreed drawings and specifications and to make sure all works carried out are compliant with good building practice and all relevant Building Regulations. During the construction stage, we will issue regular payment certificates requesting payment for the contractor. Once the project is complete, we will issue further certificates to settle the account with the contractor (retaining an agreed percentage until the agreed ‘defects liability period’ has passed). On completion, we will then ‘sign off’ on the project by preparing and issuing Opinions on Compliance with Planning Permission and Building Regulations.
jharchitecture is aware that every project and every client is unique. We are happy to discuss the level of services provided based on the requirement of each client. If you would like to discuss our potential involvement in your project in greater detail, please send us an e-mail.