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Role & Responsibilities of an Architect

There are many ways that job profile of an architect can be described. Inspirational, fascinating, innovative, creative and tough are some of the words that instantly flash across the mind. An architect is involved with the construction project, from the conceptualisation stage right through until it is completed.

The role of an architect can be categorised into three compartments which flow into each other to provide a holistic position.

Designing a project – The initial stage is typically one of the most creative aspects of a new project. Before putting these ideas on to paper, the architect needs to consider a whole range of factors which the final design will be dependent on. For example, an architect must have a thorough knowledge of the local building regulations, environment laws and restrictions regarding constructions as these will need to be incorporated in the final designs. At this stage, an architect will have detailed discussions with client to understand what is required from him, both in terms of design and budgetary constraints.

During this process, an architect will lead a team of engineers and designers to brainstorm project details so that the best design can be prepared for the client. Often these professionals will be available in house if the architect is employed in a firm. For freelance architects, they can acquire project based experts from established and leading labour hire recruitment companies to boost their manpower during the project.

Documenting a project – Once all the information has been gathered, the crucial task of capturing thoughts on paper begins. Detailed drawings are prepared and constantly revised after meetings and discussions with client before the final draft is agreed upon by both sides. In today’s environment architects depend heavily on CAD software. This replicates in 3D mode the final shape of the structure so that the client can see on computer what his final constructed dream building will look like in real time. Once this is approved by client, a second set of documents is prepared for the final and last stage of the project.

Making construction documents – Contractors and builders need detailed specifications of projects before they can start work. This is the construction documents made by an architect from the final plan and converts design into instructions and technical specifications that has to be followed by the builders. An architect’s work does not end there. He will conduct site visits to monitor the progress of work, negotiate with contractors and resolve any issues that might arise. He will be adequately qualified to do so since he has been involved in the project since its inception.

Till now, only one type of an architect has been analysed in detail, a construction architect who primarily works on building project. In today’s world, a landscape architect is just as important with equal importance given to the surrounding green areas as the actual building. Planning out a landscape with greenery, exotic plants, shrubs, accessories and fountains definitely requires a lot of expertise and imagination. Most of the top golf courses in the world are designed and planned out by leading architects who have thorough knowledge and professional expertise in this regard.

For any construction or beautification project, it is clear that an architect’s interaction and active participation is vital the successful completion.