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What does an Architect do?

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Answered October 05 2021
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Architects have a vast scope of duties, which can be split into three main categories. 
  • Design
During this phase of a project, an Architect meets with their client and produces a detailed design. This part of the process can be long, and several design iterations may be required before all parties are satisfied. This part of the work requires creativity, flexibility, as well as technical knowledge. Architects also have to comply with building codes and regulations. 
  • Documentation
Architects must produce detailed designs of their projects using software such as AutoCAD and SketchUp. They also must provide complex documents for the construction crew, including Civil Engineers and Contractors
  • Construction
During this phase of the project, Architects will need to go on-site for visits, sign off on any pieces of work, and work with contractors about any issues that may arise. This part of the job requires excellent people skills, as well as a keen eye for detail. 

Roles and responsibilities of an Architect
  • Create, plan, and design buildings and structures.
  • Conceptualize and organize ideas, materials, and styles of design before starting to work on a proposal.
  • Draft scale imagery of buildings and structures using specialized software (e.g., AutoCAD, Revit, or SketchUp) and other tools.
  • Include Engineering principles and elements into the design (e.g., structure support, water and electrical systems, and materials and their properties).
  • Integrate environmental aspects into the design to provide natural lighting, green areas, naturally occurring drafts, ventilation systems, and rainwater collection drains.
  • Draft a report including information regarding costs of materials, workforce, permits, and other necessary paperwork, along with the estimated construction time.
  • Take into consideration environmental factors (e.g., temperature, altitude, wind force, and meteorological phenomena) that may affect the building's integrity.
  • Contact and liaise with prospective clients.
  • Promote the work of their firm by handing and presenting a portfolio to prospective clients.
  • Conduct regular on-site visitations and evaluations.
  • Contact materials suppliers and contractors when necessary.
  • Liaise with decorators and Interior Designers in matters of landscaping and styling.