The Australian Institute of Architects has identified procurement of architectural services as a key policy priority and has undertaken research to investigate best practice EOI and RFT methods in public sector and educational institutions that commission architectural services. The research looked into the current experiences and perceptions of architects and clients and includes analysis of industry and government policy documents, interviews with government and institutional clients, and an online survey of Institute members.
The research enabled the Institute to develop a set of Guidelines for EOI and RFT for architectural services endorsed by the Office of the Victorian Government Architect. The objective of the guidelines is for potential clients to review their own EOI and RFT methods and documents and align them with best practice to enable an effective and efficient process that maximises the potential for high quality built outcomes and reduces bidding and assessment costs for all.
In 2021 we have updated the Guidelines and released four new templates for Clients and Architects.
We are engaging with government at all levels and encourage members to share the guidelines with potential clients and together we can promote better procurement practices for all.
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