As a society, we are often asked to imagine life without certain things like people, buildings, or just about anything. How about a world with no architects? That may not be a difficult concept to imagine for most people. Most people never meet an architect, let alone engage one in a building project.
So why do we need architects? It is a good question. Let's say you want to build something. So why not just tell a builder what you have in mind and leave them to get on with it? Hopefully, your builder will have excellent organizational and artistry skills, but being a builder does have its limitations. Only an architect will work with you to find the best design solution for your project. The insight and creative skills of an architect can deliver value well more than the fees they charge. They will help you achieve your aspirations and guide you through the design and construction process. Architects are professional problem solvers. Their experience and insights can help stretch your budget and add value to your property. They might suggest new ways of utilizing space and light, find the right tradesman or product at the right price, and propose design solutions that will reduce your bills when the building is up and running. At a fraction of the total cost of your project, an architect’s fees will prove a sound investment. An architect can lift your project out of the ordinary and turn a functional structure into one that can give pleasure for decades. Whether it’s a modern extension, a period restoration, or a new headquarters, there will be architects whose inspiration and ideas will help to realize and even exceed your ambitions. Perhaps you think the builders will be doing all the hard work once construction starts on site? A daunting mountain of paperwork awaits anyone undertaking a building project, but an architect can help make a molehill of it. When you hire an architect, you have someone on your side who knows the construction industry’s working methods and standards. They can guide you through all the legislation, regulations and contractual arrangements. They have recognized educational qualifications and have reached the level of experience necessary to be registered with the Architects Registration Board and are legally qualified to use the title 'architect.'