Architectural Services Overview

The team at CPY Architecture offers comprehensive planning and design services, from the conceptual pre-design phase to construction administration and beyond. Our licensed professionals are deft at overseeing public safety, including building codes and zoning regulations, through every stage of the project. We play a critical role throughout the building’s construction, always keeping the human element top of mind from initial concept to the time when people occupy the space.

Pre-Design & Schematic:

In this initial design stage, architects seek to define the general scope and conceptual design of the project, including scale and relationship between building components. Clients present a brief containing information such as programming, requirements, and site information. Data is collected and, if necessary, a feasibility study and assessment of the program will occur to determine what it will take to meet the client’s wishes on a given site.

Conceptual Design:

During this time, the architect will merge real issues—such as form, bulk, mass, scale, and general appearance of the building—within the urban context of the proposed site. It is here that the principles of the scheme are solidified.  Ideas, themes, and guiding concept are agreed upon, resolving the question proposed in the Schematic Design Phase.

Design Development:

The architectural design of the project is developed and defined in sufficient detail to produce plans, sections, elevations, and 3D imagery via detailed renderings. The form of the project begins to take shape as it addresses comprehensive layouts, spatial arrangements, façades, and overall appearance. Materials and finishes are selected and a preliminary cost analysis can occur for services such as structural, electrical, plumbing, and landscaping.

Construction Documents:

Construction Documents serve two purposes: 1. to apply for (and receive) a building permit from the proper authorities and 2. to construct the building. Regarding purpose 1 – The building permit: the expertise and tactical knowledge of your architect is critical during the construction document phase. With 100+ years of combined experience, the architects at CPY Architecture have the foresight to address the key issues that would prevent a project from gaining permit approval. Regarding purpose 2 – constructing the building: the construction documents themselves offer details such as quantities of materials so that we an obtain accurate cost bids. The documents will also show how the building and its components are to be assembled, made, and finished. Often times, these documents will include the legal contracts outlining responsibilities of the client, the architect, and the contractor.

Construction Administration:

Once the construction begins, the role of the architect switches from designer to consultant. The architect is to clarify any design details to the construction team through the contractor. Redesigns, changes to construction documents, and necessary or desired alterations will require an architect to handle to ensure the changes are still within the scope of the regulations while delivering the desired outcome to the client. Additionally, the architect will review the work of the contractors and report back to the client about progress and will certify the work performed.


Once the construction of the project has been completed, the architect will review the work and review with the owner. Recommendations for future maintenance and repairs will be conveyed to the client and the architect will be available to answer questions or address future issues with the building. Typically, there is a limited warranty for a period of time where those services are included, after which new fees and contracts may be assessed to address questions and concerns.