World of Architects: Who They Are, What They Do & Why Hire Them

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Before our very eyes, the world around us evolves and progresses. Starting as children design surrounds us. Legos, The Sims that teens go crazy for, and the dream houses built in our imagination. Since ancient times, humans have been building. Forming civilizations through ideas and traditions. Buildings are art and architects artisans. Structures are conceptualized then created, and just as a work of art, each takes on a unique shape and form.

Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, Peru - ancient architects
Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, Peru
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During the early years of the Olympic Games, architecture was an Olympic sport making it even more of an interesting skill (read more). Designing is one of the major roles architects take on. After that, there are many fields that architects practice. Even though there was no clear distinction between architects and engineers until modern times, they performed different roles with quite similar goals.

The Vessel, New York City - architects as artists
The Vessel, New York City
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Design always starts with drawings and sketches. Yet, as time goes by the use of 3D technology and other media in design production has become the industry standard. Some architects say they spend all their time designing at the drawing board or on the PC using computer-aided-design programs. However, many also walk around and survey the site with their blueprint in their bags.

They Are More Than Designing

Antwerp Port House by Zaha Hadid Architects, Antwerp, Belgium
Antwerp Port House by Zaha Hadid Architects, Antwerp, Belgium
Photo by Claudia Lorusso / Unsplash

Architects are known for their designing skills but there are many things that go beyond just the look of a building that goes into their profession. If we go deeper, architects like the people who work for Superdraft are responsible for developing concepts and ideas into a structure. Not just for the appearance of the building but also for the functional, safety and economic aspects of the project. It requires specific skills such as designing, engineering, managing, supervising, and communicating. Good communicating skills are essential when presenting a unique vision to clients professionally.

But of course, a project won’t work without teamwork. It is very important for architects to be well surrounded by people with the same vision that they have. A good relationship with the people you work with results in great work.

They also assist clients in obtaining construction bids, selecting contractors and negotiating construction contracts. Even after the construction, architects conduct required tests to check the efficiency of the project. Sometimes they even provide post-construction services such as facilities management. Read more about attributes every architect should have here:

Many people dream of practicing this profession. But even if you’re skilled in drawing and a very creative person there are many things to consider as to whether it is a good career for you. The path is not easy and requires lots of perseverance and determination. And not just the path to certification, even once you become an architect you will shoulder a lot of things because many people will depend on you and what you create. There is always a risk when it comes to things that have great value.

How Architects Can Change Our Lives

The rapid modernization of our community started with ideas and that is exactly why architects exist. They help build homes and facilities from schools, hospitals, churches or even malls and restaurants that humans enjoy spending time in.

bosco towers, milan, brandon barre
Bosco Towers, Milan, Italy
Photo by Brandon Barre

We can’t just hire any architect either. We need a good one; professionals who will put their hearts into what they do. They consider the economic status and plan how they will make it better. They value the quality of life and the accessibility of the people who will use the spaces. Lastly, they focus on a balanced structure for the benefit of all and above all envision progress in a community.

Without planning skills and a creative mind, it will not be a good idea to build a structure on your own. We need professionals not just for provision but also for their credibility. We need assurance that what they design and plan will be effective and safe. It will be complicated to start things on your own when you are not familiar with what you are doing. That is why there are professionals to guide you in doing things that you are not sure of. You will be more assured and at peace, if you know how they put the effort into a project that is important to you. It is much better to invest in things you know will last.

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