Architects: we all know one when we see one. Cool and professional, smart and creative, and often seen with rolled-up plans propped under one arm – but what do architects really do?
If you’ve never had professional dealings with an architect, you may be wondering what the profession is all about. And yes, there’s a lot more to it than drawing sketches all day and consuming way too much coffee.
Creativity, Management And Engineering – All Rolled Into One.
Architecture is a unique profession. It involves creativity – just like all the visual arts – but the final product has to do more than look good.
A building has to stand strong, keeping its inhabitants safe, dry, warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and above all – it has to pass structural safety inspections. That’s where the engineering comes in.
Last but certainly not least, someone has to build it. And someone else – yip, you guessed right, that’s the architect again, has to supervise and manage the construction process.
Without expert management, there’s no guarantee that the project will be completed on time or within budget. That’s a lot to deal with, and a good architect needs to deal with it well.
Architects have a lot on their plate, and the good ones tend to be people who can manage multiple processes at once – they are born multi-taskers.
Architects Bring The Project Together – And Keep It Running Smoothly
Every home, office, church, shopping centre, and any other building you could name had to be designed, engineered and built.
With hundreds of steps involved in this process, and several expert consultants needed throughout, a good architect always has to keep the project together.
There are several key professionals involved in every project. Here’s what they do.
- A contractor is a specialist builder, roofer, plumber, electrician or other expert who is responsible for the physical construction of a building.
- An engineer is a professional who is responsible for making sure that the building design is solid and safe to inhabit. We need their go-ahead before construction can begin.
- A quantity surveyor (or QS for short) is a professional estimator. They provide a detailed breakdown of the amount of building materials needed for every project – and this has a big impact on your construction quote.
A good architect has the skills and knowledge to work with all of these professionals and make sure that each stage of the project is completed according to plan, on time and within budget.
What Else Do Architects Do?
Design, engineering, project management – that’s just the beginning.
Architects are also responsible for submitting building plans and getting them approved, creating house plans, consulting on large projects in the planning stages, and more.
That’s why it’s absolutely essential to contract with an architect who you can trust and feel comfortable with.
If you’re planning to remodel your home or build one from scratch, we would love to chat to you about your requirements. Contact UpStudio today and we’ll set up your expert consultation.