What is an Architect?….. and …..What does an Architect do?
An Architect is a licensed and qualified professional, who has successfully completed a recognised course of study in architectural design, construction, planning the science of building, or any equivalent, and as such, has been successfully examined, served an internship, obtained license as an Architect and is bound by a code of ethics, and carries appropriate Professional Indemnity. The architect (working closely with the Structural Engineer) is normally the prime design professional in the construction of all types of buildings. The architect generally contracts with the owner to perform a range of or certain services.
The architect assists in the engagement of or can help obtain the services of civil, structural, electrical engineers, surveyors, cost evaluators, as well as landscape architects and any other specialists who may require involvement in the building process.
Building a new home or office, or even extending your house, is likely to be the biggest single expenditure you will make. Start by consulting a registered architect. Architect-designed buildings are highly sought-after in a market that is prepared to pay for the benefits and enjoyment of good design.
Architects don’t merely design, they create environments, inside and out.
Architects produce inspired solutions to often complex residential and commercial needs. Creative thinking, attention to detail and functional performance underpin everything an architect does.
An architect knows how to plan for best environmental performance; can advise about placing the building on your site to optimise views and aspect, to catch the sun, provide shade, promote natural cross-flow ventilation, and reduce and conserve energy.
Architect designed buildings are more energy efficient, cheaper to operate and easier to maintain and adapt.
Architect designed buildings are better investments