As staffing costs rise and margin pressure intensifies, many architecture practices in Australia are finding they need to look at their operations and whether or not all work should be done in-house or whether some could be outsourced to external providers.

One area which is coming under scrutiny in this regard is documentation, and questions about whether or not architectural drawings and specification writing should be done in-house or outsourced to a specialist provider are increasingly being asked. According to Ali Noble, general manager of Perth and Melbourne-based documentation outsourcing and…