Architectural projects can be secured through various methods depending on the type of project, client preferences, and local regulations. Each jurisdiction sets their own process to procure architectural services – here are some of the most common:
Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) is a procurement method used in California and many other jurisdictions to select professional services providers, including architects, based on their qualifications and expertise rather than solely on price. QBS aims to ensure that professional service contracts are awarded to firms that are the most qualified and capable of delivering the desired outcomes.
It’s important to note that specific requirements and procedures may vary between different California agencies and projects. Architects and firms interested in participating in QBS processes should review the specific RFQs and guidelines provided by the procuring entity to understand the details and requirements of the selection process.
The procurement of architectural services varies widely and it’s important to note that each jurisdiction may have specific regulations and practices governing their practices. Additionally, some clients may have their own preferred methods or variations of these procurement approaches. Successful procurement relies on an architect’s familiarity with the variety of methods relevant to their location and adaptation of their approach.