Imagine a design uniquely yours emerging from those first tentative sketches on the back of an envelope; an architectural solution which encompasses your lifestyle, your environment, and your dreams; a design cognisant of energy efficiency and sustainability which considers maintenance and total life cycle costs. Awareness of aesthetics, of composition, and of how one detail relates to another – architects provide individual specialized services over and above standard builder’s designs.
What does an architect do?
An architect guides you through the various architectural aspects of building design, documentation, and construction processes (including interior design, outdoor living, and master planning for the future). Architects manage and collaborate with any other professionals that clients may require (town planners, certifiers, engineers, and builders) to provide impartial advice under one unified design direction. Services include working with clients to set achievable budgets, guiding clients through approval processes, assisting in obtaining competitive tenders/quotes, and assisting during the construction phase to ensure clients receive the correct build quality and level of finishes, fittings, and fixtures.
Architect-designed buildings are great investments
Undertaking a new build or major renovation is likely to be the largest single expenditure any client will make in their lifetime. It is prudent to consult with a registered architect as architect-designed buildings are highly sought-after and acknowledged for the benefits and enjoyment of their good design.
Architect-designed buildings are energy efficient and sustainable
Architect-designed buildings tend to be more energy efficient, cheaper to operate, and easier to maintain. These buildings adjust to meet the future needs of a client and their long-term lifestyle. Master planning and staging services can be provided to meet specific current and future needs while optimising precious investments in the project.
0Both the internal and external environments are considered; often difficult or particular site constraints lead to inspired bespoke solutions. An architect knows how to plan for best environmental performance to optimize views & aspect, control unwanted sun/heat gain, promote natural cross-flow ventilation, and to reduce & conserve energy.
Architects are specialists in design
While other practitioners may provide basic building design services, architects must be registered with the Architects Registration Board in the state or territory in which they want to practice. An architectural education includes a broad spectrum of subjects; studying architecture develops a number of different skills related to design, problem solving, technical constraints, construction, and communication.Courses involve many years of being immersed in developing the necessary skills to provide outstanding results for their client. A minimum of five years university training, compulsory practical experience, and a registration exam moderated by leading, well-recognized architectural examiners distinguishes architects from other less-qualified building designers.
Many architects describe architecture as a life-long passion and an inherent part of their life. Every project provides opportunities to expand knowledge and skills to meet the individualized solution required for each unique project. New tools and technologies are constantly being developed to enhance the services architects may offer their clients.