You might know that you need an architect for your building project, but do you know what they actually do? The answer is probably no, because different architects work in different areas.
Before you choose an architect for your project, make sure you know what an architect does so you can employ the perfect person for the job.
Architects design buildings, but that’s not all
Most people think that architects just design buildings all day, but that’s only one part of the job. Whilst a design architect that works for a large firm will certainly spend a lot of time doing this, there are also lots of other roles that architects undertake:
- Production architect: A production architect works on blueprints, or construction drawings, that contractors use to build a building.
- Contract administrator: These architects advise on buildings in construction, and answer any questions that builders might have. They may also make corrections to blueprints if needed.
- Specifications writer: This kind of architect works on the project specifications for contractors to follow, to make sure that the right standard of materials are used in a project. Spec writers don’t complete drawings at all.
They can overlook your project right to the end
A lot of people think that architects just draw up your plans for your building then move onto the next job. But they don’t have to – if you want them to, they can see your project through until the closeout procedures.
They work with you to make your project a reality
Of course, it’s the architect’s responsibility to design your dream home or living space, but they also want your input. Make sure you are upfront with the architect about your budget and what you want, because your project will run much more smoothly and you’ll get perfect results.
Architects can offer a wide range of services, and some will be able to do a bit of everything whereas others will specialise in one area.
Make sure you choose the right one for your project by getting at least 4 quotes from ARB- registered architects.