Green Point Design Est. 1998      
Ballarat-based Sustainable Architect working Victoria-wide.
Certified Passive House Designer.

Area-Based Architectural Fees 
Historically, architectural fees have been calculated as a percentage of a building's cost. It is also possible to calculate architectural fees as a function of a building's area. We use a figure called the "Factored Project Area" as a basis for fee calculation.

Factored project area allows for increases and decreases in building complexity based on type. For example, if a standard internal building area with a standard flat ceiling is given a factor of 100%, then an area with a high ceiling and clerestory windows is given a factor of 125%, and an unfinished garage is given a factor of 50%. The fee can then be derived as $ per square metre.

Please note that our tables are based on projects with a typical degree of complexity and detailing. Projects that vary – either less or more complex than typical – can be negotiated accordingly.


The system can be used for both new buildings and renovations. One advantage of this system is that a client can gauge what the fees may be prior to engaging the architect. They can also remain informed and in control of the fees throughout the project.

New Buildings - fees based on project area:
SERVICE PACKAGES
(See "Service Packages" page for descriptions)
* Area 
A
B
C
$/sm
$
$/sm
$
$/sm
$
$368
$360
$351
$342
$334
$325
$316
$308
$299
$295
$293
$290
​$288
$285
$283
$280
​$278

$36,800
$45,000
$52,650
$59,850
$66,800
$73,125
$79,000
$84,700
$89,700
$95,875
$102,550
$108,750
$115,200
$121,125
$127,350
$133,000
​$139,000

$110
$108
$105
$103
$100
$98
$95
$92
$90
$89
$88
$87
​$86
$86
$85
​$84
​$83

$11,000
$13,500
$15,750
$18,025
$20,000
$22,050
$23,750
$25,300
$27,000
$28,925
$30,800
$32,625
​$34,400
$36,550
$38,250
$39,900
$41,500​

$221
$216
$211
$205
$200
$195
$190
$185
$179
$177
$176
$174
​$173
$171
$170
$168
​$167
$22,100
$27,000
$31,650
$35,875
$40,000
$43,875
$47,500
$50,875
$53,700
$57,525
$61,600
$65,250
​$69,200
$72,675
$76,500
$79,800
​$83,500

100
125
150
​175
​200
225
250
275
300
325
350
375
​400​
425
​450
475
​500
Notes:
- *Factored project area
- Rates assume a project with typical degree of complexity and detailing​
​- All costs shown include GST
- $/sm = Building cost per square metre used to calculate the architectural fees.
- $ = Fee for core architectural services. Other costs can include consultant fees (like town planning, quantity surveyor, structural engineer) and travel costs where applicable. Refer to travel costs   HERE.
Renovations - fees based on project area:
SERVICE PACKAGES
(See Packages page for descriptions)
 *Area 
A
B
C
$/sm
$
$/sm
$
$/sm
$
$115
$112
$109
$105
$102
$99
$96
​$93
$11,500
$14,000
$16,350
$18,375
$20,400
$22,275
$24,000
​$25,575

$230
$223
$217
$211
$205
$199
$192
​$186

$22,980
$27,900
$32,580
$36,855
$40,920
$44,685
$48,000
​$51,150

$383
$372
$362
$351
$341
$331
$320
$310

$38,300
$46,500
$54,300
$61,425
$68,200
$74,475
$80,000
​$85,250

100
125
150
​175
200
225
250
275
​300
Same fee scale as per new buildings
Notes:
- *Factored project area
- Rates assume a project with typical degree of complexity and detailing​
​- All costs shown include GST
- $/sm = Building cost per square metre used to calculate the architectural fees.
- $ = Fee for core architectural services. Other costs can include consultant fees (like town planning, quantity surveyor, structural engineer) and travel costs where applicable. Refer to travel costs   HERE.
​​If you would like us to send you two detailed worked examples of how to calculate fees based on "Factored Project Area" for a new residence and a renovation, please contact us through our submission form ​​​​ HERE
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