Improving procurement for architectural services

It’s time to change procurement practices for public sector architecture projects in Canada. The current procurement process favours larger firms that can devote more resources toward what is often a costly, months-long process.

Unfair procurement practices, which focus on fees rather than quality, stifle innovation and harm small businesses. Small Ontario firms rarely participate in the public procurement process because it’s nearly impossible for them to win.

It’s worth examining architecture procurement practices carefully if projects are to be awarded to the most qualified candidates with the best creative solutions.

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