The Life of an Architecture Project – Infographic

Diagram of an architecture project
Life of a Project

This diagram beautifully outlines the life of an architecture project and its relationships between: Owner, Architect, Contractor, Time and Money, during a typical architecture project.

Several years ago I found this infographic (as a .dwg file) and used it to help when I was studying for the Architect Registration Exam. I poked around the internet trying to find out where it came from and had no luck. Part of me thinks it came from the ARE FTP and has an anonymous author, but I couldn't seem to find it there today.

I do not claim or accept any ownership of this diagram. If you read carefully there are a few minor errors. Nevertheless its a great image. If you know anything about the origin diagram please leave a comment or contact me. 

****UPDATE 1/13/2020

HUGE Shout out to Michael Riggin from the ARE Boot Camp for taking the old infographic and getting it current with the changes in the past 20 years. Here are the changes Michael incorporated into our old graphic.

  • updating all contract types, names and titles
  • updating CSI divisions
  • removing unnecessary abbreviations for smoother reading
  • correcting incorrect vocabulary
  • using the present tense consistently throughout
  • using consistent language for repeated concepts
  • graphic tweaks to make the diagram elements more clear (color overlays, clearer timeline elements)
  • referencing contracts when possible (I.e ‘Per A201…’)
  • Switching the font to lowercase to make reading flow more like typical books/study materials. This also allows for identification of legal entities like OWNER to all uppercase and important elements (I.e Contract Documents) to be titlecase…this is also more consistent to conventions in the AIA contracts

Thank You Michael Riggin for all your hard work!!!

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