What may seem as typical day-to-day design challenges may actually qualify as R&D-related expenses.
Some architecture projects are unique and present numerous design challenges, which is why architecture firms typically spend a majority of their time in the conceptual/schematic design, design development, and construction document phases.
Examples of areas where qualifying R&D activities could exist
- Conceptualising ideas and designs
- Adapting to site features and orientations
- Developing and designing plans
- Generating construction documents
- Computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) activities
- Producing new or innovative designs to meet BREEAM certification or energy efficient specifications
- Collaboration and evaluation between consultants on means and methods for constructability
- Engaging in value engineering studies