The need for the study arises from the assumption that the present liaison mechanism between architects in the private sector and the Transvaal Provincial Administration is deficient. The weaknesses are defined and presented by way of sub-problems and hypotheses arising therefrom. In order to limit the extent of the research and investigations, the study is confined to the liaison mechanism relating to primary schools only, within the Province of Transvaal. The data have been obtained from replies to questionnaires received from selected but individually unidentifiable architects in private practice as well as from answers to a standard set of questions verbally put to officials in various State departments. To further illustrate weaknesses in briefing and communication, a few case histories have been described. The assessment by related literature has largely been confined to the views of educationists, sociologists, economists and architects. In essence, these views accentuated the importance of sound communication, role expectation and role perception amongst the professionals representing the various disciplines engaged in the need for design and construction of educational buildings. Related literature leaves no doubt as to the importance of correct selection and acceptance of the architect as the leader of the professional team. A detailed investigation of the present liaison mechanism clearly reveals the areas of weakness which consequently affect efficiency as well as the steps that can be taken to improve the efficacy of the liaison mechanism. The progressive stages of a project from its inception to its completion are discussed in strict chronological order and in detail, leaving no doubt as to where the delays can and do occur. In conclusion, an effort is made to pinpoint the areas which need attention. Recommendations are also suggested in regard to eliminating any misunderstandings in role perception and expectation, and for the improvement and accuracy of the initial briefing.
Dissertation (MA))--University of Pretoria, 1983.
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