Undertaking a building project, whatever its scale, can be a daunting experience, but the same basic criteria apply, be it a simple house extension or a large commercial development. When you employ an Architect, you are commissioning someone who has undertaken upward of five years Architectural training, the longest in the building industry. Anyone using the title ‘building consultant’, ‘architectural designer’ ‘plan drawer’ etc is unlikely to be an Architect, and do not have comparable skill or knowledge. After passing a professional examination after the five year course, the person is able to register with the Architects Registration Board and can use the title ‘Architect’. The points below are intended to highlight a few of the benefits of employing an Architect:
Whether you are looking for tradition or innovation, boldness or understatement, architects can provide a service that extends well beyond producing a set of drawings. Adept at identifying the needs and aspirations of their clients, architects will bring their special skills, knowledge and experience to your project.
Not only can architects provide value for money, but professional attention to detail will achieve value through the most efficient use of space, and careful selection of material and finishes. Environmental sensitivity, energy efficiency, low running and maintenance costs can bring extra benefits to your project.
Architects can guide you through the complex procedures of planning permission and building regulations and monitor the builder’s programme of works through to completion. Architects are obliged to carry professional indemnity insurance.
Extracted from Cube Architecture, Linlithgow UK.
> Working with your Architect PDF
> NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct PDF