Kazushi Takahashi: From Ship Builder to Architect

Kazushi Takahashi, a seventh-generation Japanese shipbuilder decided to apply his engineering skills to the design and creation of modernist architecture. pingmag features an interview with the shipbuilder turned architect and a series of his completed works. they previously featured a tour of takahashi’s studio.

Architect Kazushi says:

Architecture is about straight lines and structural dynamics, while ships are about curved lines and fluid dynamics. plus, another difference is that carpenters and architects can’t make boats, but shipbuilders can make both ships and houses. however, the basic science behind it, the arithmetic and physics are the same. that is the common thread between them.
The surface of the Gundam inspired Jimbocho Theater building in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo is welded together without using a single bolt. He has completed a number of unusual projects applying shipbuilding technology and construction methods.
Kazushi Takahashi Photo

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One can’t help but think of Architect Tadao Ando — He has led an eventful life, working as a truck driver and boxer prior to settling on the profession of Architecture, despite never having taken formal training in the field. He visited buildings designed by renowned architects like Le CorbusierLudwig Mies Van der RoheFrank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahnbefore returning to Osaka in 1968 and established his own design studio, Tadao Ando Architect and Associates.
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How Do Architects Calculate Their Fees?

Ask the Architect


by Frank Cunha III

There are a few ways, but here are a few true and tried techniques that may work for you:

1.  Hours & Hourly Rates
Calculate the fee based on actual hours of service.  It is important that even if you are a single practitioner or small office that you calculate the fee based on different rates based on the work being done, even if by the same people.  For example, you should bill a higher rate to do “principal work” like reviewing and signing and sealing drawings and specs vs “field work” like documenting existing conditions or “designer work” like drafting details.  Have set prices for each level of service (so as not to under-bill or over-bill for different tasks).

2. Cost of the Construction Project
Take a percentage of the overall “brick and mortar” cost for a project.  The percentage may change as the size and scope of the project changes.  This is tricky as some clients may or not be ready for the soft costs associated with design fees.

3. By sheets
Take the number of construction drawings and put a “per sheet” price on it.  This works for simpler projects often referred to as “bread and butter” design work which can include repeat fit out work, small residential or commercial projects, or repeat work where you can anticipate the amount of effort required to successfully complete a project.  (Hint: You may want to have different prices established for sheet sizes and typical notes and standard details -vs- non-typical design work).

4. Combination of 1, 2. 3.
I like this method best.  Using the techniques developed above work backwards and forwards to check and cross check your fee.  If that doesn’t work, here’s one more technique that might be useful:

Image: (C) Ed Arno, New Yorker Cartoonist

5. SWAG
Take a “Scientific wild @$$ guess” based on your experience with projects of similar size and scope.  Often Architects will go back and look at previous projects to determine how many hours is required to complete a project.

Further Reading: Calculating the Architect’s Fee: Is There a Better Way? By Mike Koger, AIA, July 3, 2018

Good Luck!

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