Quantity Surveyors: Why Are They Important?
Updated: Jun 19, 2020
Dating back to the 18th century, quantity surveying has always been a profession based on the expert knowledge of construction costs and contracts. Throughout history, quantity surveyors (QS) have been engaged to measure and “quantify” the construction costs of a building to negotiate between the architects, builders, and clients. While the profession has evolved over the years, quantity surveyors are still considered the construction costs experts.
Today, a QS can provide a wide range of construction and financial management services from pre-construction, right through to post-occupancy.
As professionals in an industry that requires precision and accuracy, sometimes it is just easier to take a step back and let someone else do the hard stuff. Even with years of experience, Australia's most internationally acclaimed architect and only Pritzker prize-winner, Glenn Murcutt says "I had enormous experience going into practice. I knew what buildings cost because we were costing them. And when I didn't know I engaged a quantity surveyor".
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Source: The making of Murcutt