C R Francis / Architecture
Copyright©: C. R. Francis / Architecture, p.a. 2017
At C. R. Francis / Architecture, we view the design of a project as a joint venture
between the client and the designers. This is a team approach in which the
needs, desires, and ideas of the client are integrated with the design skills of the
architect. The product of this collaborative activity is called the building
program, which is ultimately transformed into the documents from which the
project is built.
Recognizing that there is no single resolution to any perceived need, C. R. Francis
/ Architecture generates multiple concepts for each design project. With the
client, the approach that best fits the intent of the project is selected. The
selected design is then refined, becoming the built form - architecture.
WORKING DRAWINGS AND CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION
Comprehensive, detailed construction documents ensure that the design intent is
fully expressed. The same team that develops the first concept continues with the
project, developing the phases of schematic design, design development, and
construction documents. This method maintains a design unity and harmony that
is frequently lost by firms that turn projects over to in-house draftsmen
unfamiliar with a project. As part of the effort to maintain high quality design
and construction documents, we are the first office in Eastern North Carolina to
adopt Autodesk®'s three dimensional design program, Revit® Architecture.
In the bidding and negotiation phase of the project, we work with the client to
find an appropriate contractor or builder to carry out the construction work. Our
design team then administers the construction of the project, observing the
progress of the work and reviewing shop drawings to achieve the goals earlier
established. Thus, our construction administration benefits the client by assuring
that the work progresses properly and according to the intentions of both the
client and the designer.