The Firm’s Founder and Principal Elizabeth Bougart-Sharkov Intl. Assoc. AIA, is sought after by clients who look for highly experienced professional advice, ideas and painless solutions that bring the clients the quality of life they will enjoy for years.
Sharkov Design Studio was established in Los Angeles as a full-scale design and consulting firm specializing in Custom Residential Design and Small-Scale Commercial Design and Interiors.
The firm engages in an intensely collaborative design process with their clients, leading to functional, sustainable and personal solutions.
Elizabeth Bougart-Sharkov, International Associate AIA, brings her combined extensive professional experience of over 30 years in Europe and the US to her work.
Elizabeth Bougart-Sharkov, Architect
In commemoration of
1300 Years Bulgarian State Anniversary
Not merely head of the department, Elizabeth was personally involved in the design of new structures within often restrictive environments where national historic and architectural significances were predominant substance. In 1987 she was able to make a professional (and personal) transition to the United States. Three years later, in 1990, she established Sharkov Design Studio in Los Angeles.
Elizabeth’s philosophy is to pursue and achieve her clients’ satisfaction based on distinctive timeless design, precision to detail, job site specificity and established budget. Sharkov Design Studio is the place where a potential client can receive an initial consultation, plan for the future project and work with Elizabeth as an equal partner during each step of the way toward achieving the dream project.
Elizabeth is dedicated to listening and paying close attention to her clients’ needs. Based on her long time professional practice, Elizabeth brings two very important skills to bear: creating distinctive client-oriented architectural environment and managing all phases of the process. From initial consultations and architectural sketches through design and construction supervision, Sharkov Design Studio provides services in the following areas:
She received her Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia, Bulgaria. For the last ten years of her professional practice (as a licensed architect) in Bulgaria, Elizabeth was engaged in historic preservation, renovation and adaptive reuse of architectural landmarks.
Contact her at Elizabeth@SharkovDesignStudio.com or call 323-662-4741.
Some very useful information for potential clients:
Compensating Your Architect: Fee Structures –
Source: American Institute or Architects California Chapter (AIACC)
Building in today’s marketplace is a complex undertaking, requiring many different skills and extensive knowledge of materials, products, systems, and methods. Your architect understands these complexities and works with you to design an appropriate and satisfying response to your requirements—and to assure that it is built according to plan. Adequate compensation for the architect is in your best interest, as it assures the type and level of services needed to fulfill your expectations.
Architects’ fees are project-based; they vary with project scope, size, location, duration, complexity, and uniqueness. Most architects offer several options for calculating fees and include some flexibility to re-negotiate as changes occur over the life of the project. Fee structures and payment schedules should always be written into your contract with the architect, along with a process for resolving any billing conflicts.
Most architects calculate fees using one or more of the following methods:
Scheduling Fee Payments
Projects are completed in phases, and payment of fees is typically distributed in accordance with those phases. Many architects will ask for a deposit (retainer) when the contract is signed. Some firms invoice monthly, while others invoice by project phase. Your architect can create an outline for each phase of the project with services rendered and the percentage of the overall fee that will be charged at that point. The range of percentage of total fees associated with each project phase might typically look like this:
Schematic design 3-25%
Design development 12-25%
Working drawings 35-45%
Agency approvals 3-7%
Bidding/contract negotiations 3-7%
Construction administration 15-35%
Keep in mind that these are general ranges and that the percentage of cost per phase can vary widely, depending on the nature of your project.