What Does an Architect Do?

What Does an Architect Do? Main Roles of Architects

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Brenda Nyawara

Brenda Nyawara is an editor at Archute. She is a graduate architect with a passion for edge-cutting ideas in design, fashion, art and modern world interests.
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Who is an Architect?

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What Does an Architect Do?

1. Pre-Design and Planning

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  • Ultimately, check the site’s conditions in terms of supplies and those the consumers can either acquire or make the use of.

2. Design Buildings

  • On the other hand, engineering consultants encompass the scope of surveyors, lighting consultants, and other structural engineers.

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3. Design Development and Documentation

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  • The architect has to submit the crane rides of all architectural drawings for the proposal to receive the stamp of approval from the local development authority.

4. Finishing the Work Drawings

5. Co-ordination of the Contractors

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Different Types of Architects and What They Do

1. Residential Architect

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2. Commercial Architect

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3. Interior Designer

Interior designers occupy one of the most important positions in large-scale construction projects because what they do actually determines how comfortable people will be in a building.

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4. Green Design Architect

Architects of green design are in high demand because they help to tackle the urgent issues of climate changes and the exhaustion of nonrenewable resources.

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5. Landscape Architect

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6. Urban Designer

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7. Industrial Architect

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They innately know all the manufacturing techniques and apply them appropriately to build practical and functional structures to support these processes.


8. Technical Architect

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Separation of the design and technical domain may not be essential for small projects, but technical architects are a must for the high profile projects such as office buildings.


Civil Engineer Roles Vs. Architect Roles

Civil engineers and architects are both indispensable in designing and developing a project.

While the role of civil engineers will be focused on the building capacity to withstand normal use and any difficult weather conditions, an architect will emphasize on the architecture which is the aesthetics and the relation between the form and function of the building.

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Architect Roles Vs. Architectural Designer Roles

A registered architect is one who has passed the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards’ (NCARB) registration test and so successfully passed a seven-part difficult examination

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What Does the Workplace of an Architect Like?

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Brenda Nyawara

Brenda Nyawara is an editor at Archute. She is a graduate architect with a passion for edge-cutting ideas in design, fashion, art and modern world interests.
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