What IS Construction Administration? I recently heard an architect friend compare it to the healthy food in a meal, but if we're to compare it to food, I see it more like a chef planning and carrying through a meal:
First, she determines what kind of event the meal is for (programming).
Next, she generates ideas for the meal (schematic).
Then, she begins testing the meal- putting the ingredients together and tasting them (design development).
Finally, she writes down the recipe (construction documents)
Lastly, she prepares the meal... or in this case, we'll say the restaurant prepares the meal with her oversight (construction administration).