What an Architect does
What an architect does;
An architect is more than a designer. An architect can manage the entire design and construction process. A minimum of five years’ university training, mandatory practical experience and a registration exam separates architects from other less-qualified building designers.
An architect will help you set a viable and realistic budget, guide you through the town planning process, obtain competitive quotes for the work, manage consultants such as surveyors and engineers, monitor the budget and administer the construction contract. Critically, your architect will inspect the work right through the construction period to assist you to get the quality and level of finishes you expect.
Architect-designed buildings are better investments. Start by consulting a registered architect. Architect-designed buildings are highly sought-after in a market that is prepared to pay for the benefits and enjoyment of good design. Architects don't merely design, they create environments, inside and out. Architects produce inspired solutions to often complex residential and commercial needs. Creative thinking, attention to detail and functional performance underpin everything an architect does.
An architect knows how to plan for best environmental performance; can advise about placing the building on your site to optimise views and aspect, to catch the sun, provide shade, promote natural cross-flow ventilation, and reduce and conserve energy. Architect-designed buildings are more energy efficient, cheaper to operate and easier to maintain and adapt.
An architect's role and obligations As the client, you are entitled to rely on the skills of your architect; but you also have an important role to play alongside the architect. Depending on your agreement, your architect has a number of obligations and services to provide. Architects are obliged to abide by the NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct. The Code details the standards expected of architects in their professional practice, and relate to general ethical standards, dealings with clients, insurance coverage, continuing professional education, alternative dispute resolution dealings with the public and professional relationships with other architects.
Your architect will:
Provide written terms of engagement or a client/architect agreement before any work is done for you and give you a copy of the NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct
Develop a design solution with you, appropriate to your needs and budget.
Communicate with you to ensure that you understand important steps in the project and important decisions taken, like with your local Council.
Work with you to develop a detailed project specification that records your material selections, finishes and fittings to ensure these items are priced in to the project by the builder.
If engaged to administer the building contract, will act as your independent advisor on contractual matters like variations, progress payments and when the project reaches practical completion.