By Michael Wessel, Fox Sports StaffArchitectural Graphic Specifications (AGP) is a set of standards to ensure graphic design and design applications are accurate and meet quality standards.
While the term refers to graphic design as a profession, it is actually a set by which all graphic designers are expected to adhere to standards set by professional organizations, including the Institute of Design and the Graphic Design Association.AGP requires designers to create and maintain a minimum of one year’s worth of work.
It also requires designers and designers’ clients to agree on a minimum budget and a schedule for each project.
If a project falls below the acceptable level of a professional project, it can be declared a non-compliant design.
The requirements are simple, and can be summed up as follows:The minimum amount of time that must be spent on a project is six months.
The project must not exceed 25 percent of the budget.
The work must be submitted to a professional body within six months of completion.
A non-compliance means that a design is considered a noncompliant because of non-professional issues, such as incomplete or inappropriate graphics.
The client is responsible for the cost of the project and for any associated delays or costs.
A project deemed non-proprietary may not be awarded a design award.
The standards are widely used in the design industry and are considered a major milestone in graphic design’s evolution.
The new standards, which were adopted in 2011, are the first to be applied to buildings.
The standards are not limited to buildings, but can apply to any type of building.
For example, a new design that meets a certain graphic standard may not receive a design contract.
A building that falls short of a certain design standard may be considered non-responsive to the needs of the client.
A design can fall below the design standard if:The building has an inadequate or inaccurate rendering of the design;The building does not conform to the graphic standard, the graphic design is incomplete or the work does not meet the standards;The graphic is not professionally produced or the materials are not used in a manner consistent with the standards.
For instance, a building may fall below a graphic standard if the building does a poor job of accurately representing the architectural design.
If the building lacks the expertise to produce the graphic or materials used in producing the design, the design can be considered unprofessional.
As a general rule, architects are expected not to be able to meet the visual quality standards that are set for a building.
That said, a lack of technical proficiency is not considered a requirement for any type the architect has experience in.
For example, the architect could be expected to be competent in using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, but could not produce an accurate, graphic representation of the work.
The builder would be expected not only to have the skills to construct the building but to be knowledgeable about the design and materials used.
A contractor is also expected to have appropriate skills in designing, constructing and managing buildings.
While this is a requirement, it does not necessarily mean the contractor will be able or willing to do the work that the architect is responsible to do.
For instance, the contractor could not accurately convey the architectural vision to the client, or convey the building’s purpose.
The contractor could only be expected, in part, to perform the work in accordance with the architectural project.
The contractor is responsible, however, for the project’s financial cost.
The contract with the architect will generally provide for a cost-sharing agreement.
Contractors are responsible for paying for the work and for all associated costs incurred in the project.
If the architect does not make timely payments on the project, the project may be deemed noncompliable.
The deadline for payment is typically two years after completion.
The payment is due in the same calendar year in which the project is completed.
The work must include all materials and workstations that were used for the original work.
Examples of materials include:Bamboo, wood, marble, slate, concrete, tile, plaster, plasterboard, metal, plaster of Paris, steel, wood and stone.
The building must be in good condition.
If it does a bad job of a particular project, its not only unacceptable, it’s a noncompliance.
A work that is in poor condition can be deemed unprofessional and can jeopardize the quality of the building.
A construction project that is poorly designed can also be considered a violation of the standards if it fails to meet standards.
A renovation of a building that meets the requirements of a nonpropriety building project may result in the building being deemed unproprious.
This can include renovation of existing buildings to accommodate new tenants, remodeling of a dilapidated building to accommodate a renovation, or a replacement of a floor to floor ceiling with a ceiling tile replacement.
The renovation is required under a contract for work.
The renovation must not result in a reduction of the architectural integrity of the structure.
The building must remain in