Title: Client perceptions of satisfaction and value for money in the employment of architects on private house projects

Authors: Samuel Frimpong; Ayirebi Dansoh

Addresses: Department of Building Technology, Kumasi Polytechnic, P.O. Box U.P 41, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana ' Department of Building Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Private Mail Bag, Kumasi, Ghana

Abstract: Clients' perceptions of the satisfaction and value for money in employing architects are a major factor influencing their architect-seeking behaviour. The purpose of this paper is to investigate clients' perceptions of satisfaction and value for money when employing architects on small private house projects in Ghana. Using phenomenological studies, two themes and eight sub-themes were uncovered: competence and capabilities (performance; age and experience; availability and accessibility; service quality) and cost of engagement (cost of fees; fee flexibility; fee standardisation; convenience). The findings indicate among other things that clients found engaging an architect to be a needlessly arduous and expensive venture. Clients felt architects needed to be employed only on dream house projects. Furthermore, clients found it difficult to guesstimate architects' fees prior to their engagement. The study reveals information that will improve architects' understanding of the nature of clients, ensuring successful client-architect collaborations on house projects.

Keywords: clients; architects; client-architect relationships; client satisfaction; value for money; architectural practice; private houses; private housing projects; client perceptions; phenomenology; Ghana; competence; capabilities; performance; age; experience; availability; accessibility; service quality; cost of engagement; fee flexibility; fee standardisation; architect fees; relationship management; owner-occupiers.

DOI: 10.1504/IJQRS.2016.082659

International Journal of Qualitative Research in Services, 2016 Vol.2 No.3, pp.211 - 237

Received: 14 Jun 2016
Accepted: 23 Sep 2016

Published online: 04 Mar 2017 *

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