To be an architect or not to be
It takes a lot of commitment and desire to become an architect. Nobody becomes an architect because they think it sounds cool or they like to draw. In this post, I’d like to clarify what we do all day long.
What does an architect do?
Architects are the first brains behind buildings. They conceptualize, plan and develop designs for the construction and renovation of buildings. Architects are primarily involved in the design and documentation of building projects. The role of an architect is very broad and includes a variety of other types of work within some very diverse types of projects. In addition to being in charge of the overall aesthetics, architects must also make sure these structures are safe, functional and economical.
Additionally, architects are often involved in every phase of construction projects, from initial planning to project completion. The architect may also undertake contract administration, team organization, collaboration and communication, product research, specification writing, brief development and many other related activities depending on the nature of the project and the architect’s expertise.
Some architects take on a broad role undertaking a range of tasks, whilst others take a more specialized role where they can develop expertise in a particular area of architecture. Roles may include: project architect, design architect, Director; urban designer; interior or landscape architect; team leader; contract administrator or project manager etc.
Who do architects work with?
An architect works with a diverse range of collaborators who cover a variety of areas of expertise including builders, engineers, landscape architects etc. There are many different people involved in an architectural project, other than the architect him/herself. The architect becomes part of a larger team of people in order to complete a project, most of the times also taking on the role of team leader. Communication and collaboration are important skills an architect must have.