Architecture – What is an Architect?

Do you know what the role of an architect is? 

It can be varied but in general an architect is a person who plans, designs, and oversees the construction of buildings.

The description of the role on the architecture.com.au site is excellent:

Architects are professionally trained designers who work on buildings and the built environment. They combine creative design with a wide range of technical knowledge to provide integrated solutions for built and natural environments. During the five typical phases of a project the architect has a variety of roles:

Starting the project – The architect talks to the client about their expectations, project requirements and budget, and then this information forms the design brief.

Design phase – The architect analyses the design brief and the building site conditions, and determines the best location and orientation. The architect then develops ideas through rough plans, sketches and models. These ideas are brought together into concept design drawings.

Design development, documentation & building approvals – The architect compares the concept design drawings with the design brief and develops the technical detail for the project with the project team. Detailed drawings and specifications are prepared for the builder. The drawings are lodged to obtain local authority building approval. The method of engaging a builder for the project is determined.

Construction – The architect works with the builder and other project team members to ensure that the project is constructed in accordance with the drawings and specification.

After construction – Projects have a warranty period called the defects liability period. It is the architect’s responsibility to follow up any relevant issues or outstanding work with the client and the builder.

Architects must also be aware of the social context in which their designs are created, interpreted and understood.  The architect hired by a client is responsible for creating a design concept that meets the requirements of that client and provides a facility suitable to the required use.

To practise as an architect in Australia, you must be registered with the Architect’s Accreditation Council of Australia. In order to register you need to have completed five years of study (or equivalent) in the field of architecture, have worked for a minimum of two years in architectural practice, and pass a registration examination.

The Jamin Architecture team can assist you with clarifying anything about the role and how we work. Call us on 0427 614 093

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